Betty Simmons, of Savannah, was born on Jan. 9, 1944, the daughter of the late William Alfred and Betty Jeanette Kelly Deshazier.
On April 13, 1963, she was united in marriage to James Elton Simmons, who survives.
Betty worked as food manager for nine years for Pickwick Landing Golf Course. While living in Chicago, Illinois, she worked for Crown Cork and Seal. Betty was a member of Sharon Baptist Church and a board member of Hardin County Skills. She loved traveling, cooking, flower gardening and shopping, but what she loved most of all was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Jackson, Tennessee, at the age of 73 years, 9 months and 16 days.
In addition to her husband of 54 years, James Elton, Betty is survived by her four children, Marilyn Kay Alexander and her husband Keith of Savannah, Deborah Gannon and her husband Doug of Savannah, John Walton Simmons and his wife Jennica of Morris Chapel and Jeffrey Boyd Clay of Savannah; two stepdaughters, Doris Ann Cimon and her husband Ken of Tupelo, Mississippi and Brenda Sue Barnett and her husband Calvin of Pontotoc, Mississippi; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several stepgrandchildren and step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Janie Hopper, Margie Deshazier and Judy Deshazier, all of Savannah; and three brothers, Jack Deshazier, Mick Deshazier and Alfred Deshazier, all of Savannah.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Clay; and two brothers, Eugene and Hubert Deshazier.
Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Eric Smith officiating. Burial followed in Neill Cemetery at Savannah.