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“I was so sorry to recently learn of Ruth's passing. She was kind enough to seek out my family to see if we might be interested in some family...Read More »
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“Family and Friends,I know that this is a very difficult time. It's never easy to lose someone you love but God promises us that we will see our loved...Read More »
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3 of 17 | Posted by: Diane Straub - Roanoke, VA

“Kevin, Richard told me of your Mom's passing. I just wanted to send a note with my deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family. I'm sure she...Read More »
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5 of 17 | Posted by: Betsy Fletcher - Conway, SC

“Kevin,I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. I always admired her and really enjoyed her visits to the office to let me know how much she...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Anne Chambers - Narrows, VA

“Kevin, my sympathy for the passing of your mom. You all will be in my prayers. Lynnette ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Lynnette Austin - Pilot, VA

“Kevin - so sorry for your loss. Your mother's obituary shows a life well lived - full of loving family, friends and adventure. My thoughts are...Read More »
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9 of 17 | Posted by: Alisa Pence - Peterstown, WV

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10 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Cruise - Pearisburg, VA

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11 of 17 | Posted by: Barry Ferrell - Roanoke, VA

“Our thoughts are with you...Clarence and Georgia Charlotte, N.C. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Georgia Littlefiekd - Charlotte, NC

“So sorry to hear of this dear lady passing. I just got to meet her for the first time on Christmas Day. Such a precious, sweet soul. Prayers for her...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Terri Patteson - Narrows, VA

“One first class Lady. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: BEN WHEELER

“Margie, so sorry about the passing of your grandmother. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. ”
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17 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara and Brian Scheid - VA

Ruth Hendrickson Simmons passed away on Monday January 9th, 2017.

She was born in Pembroke, Virginia, on December 15th, 1923 to the late Dorsey Zed and Maggie Rose Hendrickson Sesler. She was later adopted by her grandparents, the late Ott and India Fisher Hendrickson. She graduated from Pembroke High School in 1940 where she played basketball and participated in various other activities and clubs. She was a member of the FFA, loved living on a farm, and was an avid horse rider. She attended Radford State Teachers College and graduated from Bowling Green State College.

She worked for the Pentagon in Washington D.C. during World War II and then transferred to Seattle, Washington to marry her future husband, William G. Simmons on February 17th, 1945. After the war, they moved to Narrows, Virginia, where she worked for Celanese and later, the William G. Simmons Company. She raised six children while being an active member of the United Methodist Church, where she was also a Sunday School teacher. Ruth was a talented seamstress and enjoyed knitting and crocheting for her children and grandchildren. She was an active member of her local Bridge Club and The Red Hat Society.

In addition to her mother, father, and grandparents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years and her brother Bill Hendrickson.

She is survived by her six children: sons, John G. and Donna Simmons, Mark W. and Denise Simmons, William K. Simmons and Sarah Magerfield, and Kevin E. and Julie Simmons; daughters, Jeanne S. and Kerry Armentrout, and Merry S. and William Hobbs. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving, is one brother, R.B. Hendrickson; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church in Narrows with Rev. Doug Armstrong and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church Friday from 10 AM until just prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at

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Fairview Cemetery

Riverside Avenue Narrows, VA 24124