May 5, 1953 - February 27, 2012
Born in International Falls, MN
Resided in Troy, OH
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Maxine M. Simmons, 58, of Troy, arrived in Heaven on Monday, February 27, 2012. She was born May 5, 1953 in International Falls, Minnesota, to the late Clarence and Irene (Waters) LaBlanc. She married Pastor Gregory A. Simmons on January 1, 1971 in Piqua, and moved to Ohio to begin her life's work in God's ministry.

Midge is survived by her husband and best friend, Pastor Greg Simmons; four children, Sheryl (Walt) Queen of Piqua, Pastor Matthew (Amy) Simmons of Troy; Leah (Robert) Morando of Tipp City; and Pastor Aaron (Nicole) Simmons of Tipp City; ten grandchildren, Ashley, Kevin, Amanda, Cody, Eli, Emmily, Judah, Chloe, Olivia, and Evi Jo; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis (Robert) Fries of Sidney; and two sisters-in-law, Tish Otto and Donna LeBlanc. She was preceded in death by her two older brothers, Clarence and Richard LaBlanc.

She was a 1971 graduate of Falls High School (Minn.), and over the next 41 years she passionately served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was instrumental in growing churches in Ohio and West Virginia, including Upper Room Worship Center in Tipp City. Throughout her pastoral ministry, she touched thousands of lives, winning countless souls to God's Kingdom. She loved fulfilling the Lord's calling every day of her life.

In June 1992 she graduated with honors from Edison State Community College with a science degree. She had worked at Spring Meade Health Care Center as an assistant activities director.

Her greatest joy on earth was her grandchildren. She understood that they were a gift from God and cherished every one of them. She spent as much time as she could playing games and interacting with them. Midge enjoyed the outdoors and traveling. She also prided herself as a meticulous homemaker.

Midge was an inspiration to all who met her; she will be thoroughly missed and remembered for generations. She lives on eternally in heaven with the Lord and through the lives of those she instilled the love of God.

A funeral service to honor and celebrate her life will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Piqua Apostolic Temple, 830 Covington Ave., Piqua, with Pastor Aaron Simmons officiating and Pastor Matt Simmons assisting. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, 333 W. High St. Piqua. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Upper Room Worship Center Building Fund, 203 N. Fourth St., Tipp City, OH 45371. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through




Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home
333 W. High Street
Piqua, OH US 45356
Thursday, March 1, 2012
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home
333 W. High Street
Piqua, OH US 45356
Friday, March 2, 2012
12:30 PM
Maple Hill Cemetery
Tipp City, OH US 45371
Friday, March 2, 2012
3:00 PM

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