In Memory

Sylvia Chappell (Simmons)

Sylvia Chappell (Simmons)

Sylvia Mae Simmons 65, St. Joseph, MO. passed away Nov. 8, 2015 at Mosaic in St. Joseph. MO. She was born April 7, 1950 to Herman & Olive Evelyn (Elmquist) Gerrard in KCMO; and adopted by Jack & Beulah Lucille (Miller) Chappell in 1955 in St. Joseph, MO.

Sylvia graduated from Benton High School in 1968.  She married Harold L. Simmons on October 4, 1968 in St. Joseph, MO.  He survives of the home.

Sylvia’s passion in life was nurturing and loving her family. She was a firm believer in keeping her family together and keeping peace in the family.  Sylvia was very creative and loved arts & crafts, sewing & crocheting, reading, and cooking.  She also enjoyed camping and family trips.  She worked at Methodist Hospital and then Stetson Hats for 20 years before opening her craft booth mall, from which she retired as a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, two daughters; Jennifer Pettyjohn and Ginger & Mike Peterson both of Gower, MO; two brothers, Marion Chappell (Doris) of St. Joseph, and David Bump (Debbie) of Fargo, ND; two sisters, Joann Groff of PA and Delores Krejci (Rick) of Omaha, NE; four grandchildren, Brittany Pettyjohn, Amanda Pettyjohn, Tyler Pettyjohn, Brooke Ralston and numerous great-grandchildren.   Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents and numerous brothers and sister.

Memorial Visitation will be Friday, November 13, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Gladden-Stamey Funeral Home in St. Joseph, MO.

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11/11/15 07:50 AM #1    

Bill Allen


Sylvia, you are now with the Lord, you will be missed on earth. We know to be true, that you will live on, and one day we will all be reunited with the Lord at an amazing "class of 68," reunion that will be forever. God Bless your family. Bill and Paula Allen





11/11/15 04:55 PM #2    

Diana Strickland (Peters)

Sylvia was a sweet, sweet girl and from her obituary I see that her sweetness followed her throughout her life. I'm sad for her family; they most certainly will miss her goodness and light. My prayers are with them as they face these difficult days ahead. Rest in peace, Sylvia.

12/03/15 07:59 AM #3    

Sandi Mueller (Baker Admin)

Sylvia and I were longtime neighborhood friends. She was so excited, in recent years, when she located her biologicial family. I never knew Sylvia to get into trouble and was always a good friend. In recent years both she and Harold and daughter Ginger had medical issues, but I was surprised to see Sylvia go first. She loved those grandbabies 'to the moon and back', as she loved life. RIP dear friend, and pain-free.

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