Twila Ruth Simmons, age 72, of Elwood, passed away at her residence following a brief illness on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Twila was born in Anderson on April 28, 1949. She was the daughter of the late Evelyn Lawrence. On October 17, 1970, Twila married Michael Simmons and they shared more than 51 years of marriage together.
Twila retired on April 30, 2021, from St. Vincent Mercy Hospital where she had worked as a cook for more than 34 years. She previously worked at Nick's Pizza in Anderson, Elwood Dairy Queen and Dickey's Nursing Home. Twila was an excellent homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking. Twila's family said she was the best cook ever. She was known to have made the best chicken and noodles, Robert Redford dessert, breads and desserts. Twila also enjoyed doing crafts, attending concerts in the park, and spending time at the lake. More than anything Twila loved spending time with her family.
Along with her husband Michael, Twila is survived by her son James (wife Toni) Simmons; daughter, Melissa Vandiver; grandchildren, Benjamin (wife Jessica) Vandiver, Gabrielle Simmons, Layni Simmons, Blake (husband Daniel) Cortes'-Michael; great-grandchildren, who called her Gigi, Justice Vandiver and Brighton Vandiver; sister, Mona (husband Donnie) Phillips; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Twila was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Lawrence; sister Mary Payne; and many aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Dunnichay Funeral Home in Elwood. Funeral service will immediately follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Gary Simmons officiating. Burial will take place in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.
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