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Nancy Simmons

Nancy Simmons (Ringstaff)

Monday, August 5th, 1929 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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Obituary

Nancy Ringstaff Simmons, 91, formerly of Richlands, VA, went to be
with the Lord peacefully surrounded by her family in Roanoke, VA.

She was the last surviving child of ten children born to Henry and Myrtle
Griffith Ringstaff of Pounding Mill, VA.

Nancy was a permanent fixture in the back row at the First Christian
Church in Richlands, VA for over 60 years. She was an exceptional cook
who loved to host huge Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve celebrations
for her family. Most celebrations featured her World-Famous Angel
Biscuits. Her adored bedroom vanity provided many generations of
“Simmons Girls” with a sense of comfort and home. Nancy retired from the Tazewell County School Board where she worked at Raven Elementary School as a beloved teacher’s aide in special education. She was an avid, diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and never missed a tennis match featuring Rafael Nadal.

She was preceded in death by her previous husband, and father of her
children, Joe Casey Simmons, and her beloved daughter Karen Leigh
Fannin.

She is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Jo Jarrett (Bob), Donna Sue
VanMeter (Dan), and Kimberly Ann Reich (John); son-in-law Omer
Fannin; four grandsons, Casey Coleman (Leslie Anne), Luke Fannin
(Rebecca), Logan Fitzgerald (Karla) and Andy Gooliak (Marguerite); one
precious granddaughter, Amy O’Keeffe and her husband Michael, who
lavished her with love and tenderness, and the occasional blonde
brownie, during the over ten years that she lived near them in High
Point, NC. Also left to honor her memory are seven great grandchildren
whom she cherished, Margaret Casey O’Keeffe, Carlee Anne Coleman,
Carter Cash Coleman, Oliver Thomas Richard Fitzgerald, Aurora Ann
Fitzgerald, Maya Cathleen Gooliak, and Marianna Casella Gooliak; as
well as many extended family and friends who shared time and
memories with her in Lake Park especially her niece Lynne Brown and
nephew Dusty Ballard.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of her life will be held in
Richlands VA at a later date.

The family would like to thank the amazing ladies of Snyder Nursing
Home in Salem VA, along with the director, Keith Denson, for their loving
and attentive care. She lived her final days happy and content.
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Beth Yost

Posted at 07:11pm
Everyday I worked with Nancy was a gift. She brought wit, wisdom and perspective to every situation. I have several of her handwritten recipes she shared with me over the years that I treasure. She made the best pinwheel candy on earth. She always told me how thankful she was to have 4 girls and a granddaughter that took care of her like a queen. I’m so sorry for your loss.
CW

Charles Warner

Posted at 02:20pm
It was my privilege to work with Nancy at Raven Elementary School. She was a valued member of our team. I am grateful that the family had her as many years as you did.
K

Kathy Sneed

Posted at 10:21am
We are all heartbroken over Nancy's passing.
So many treasured memories of the fun times spent in her loving home.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers
Much love,
Margaret, Phyllis, Nina and Kathy

Thelma Massie

Posted at 09:24am
To the Simmons Girls and Family,
What a wonderful woman your mother was. She enriched the lives of so many children at Raven. She had such patience and love of children. I will never forget the years she was my instructional assistant. She and I shared a few tears and a lot of laughter as we navigated the world of early childhood special education.

I celebrate a life well lived with all of you.
Love,
Thelma Massie
DH

Debbie McGaffee Hunsaker

Posted at 07:23am
I have known her all my life. She was the sweetest woman and also had a hug and smile for everyone. Going to Nancy’s was always a treat. I loved her dearly and will miss her.
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