Viola Mae Simmons, 97, of Columbia, formerly of Marshall, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Columbia Healthcare.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. Rev. Kristin Powell of Unity Center of Columbia will officiate. Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home of Marshall is in charge of interment. Memorials are suggested to Unity Center of Columbia.
Born July 22, 1908, in Halis, she was the daughter of Cecil and Florence Melton. On Nov. 23, 1923, at Savannah, she married Allen Vandover, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 20, 1968, in Columbia, she married Charles Simmons, who preceded her in death. She was employed principally in the food industry, having positions with Chase Candy Company, Crown Drug Company, Katz Drug Company, her own cafe in Texas and as manager of the lunch counter at Gem Drug Company in Columbia for many years. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge. She was an active member and a founder of Unity Center of Columbia. She was a longtime member of the Lakeside Club Inc. of Harrisburg.
Survivors include one son, Harold J. "Skip" Vandover of Hagerstown, Md.; one sister, Mary Colburn; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter and two sisters.