Phyllis R. Simmons

June 10, 1922 - October 9, 2018

    Phyllis R. Simmons, 96, died on October 9, 2018 in Bloomington, IN. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Hilary Rye and Mildred (Foote) Rye on June 10, 1922.  Phyllis graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1939, and attended the College of Architecture at the University of Michigan.  After college, she worked in Interior Design in Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL.  Throughout her life she maintained a passion for the arts, architecture, and design.

    She was married for sixty years to Eric Simmons.  They met at the University of Chicago, where she worked as an administrative assistant for Medical School Dean of Students Joseph Ceithaml, and later for Director of Development Theodore Switz, and he taught Biology and did research.  Upon retirement in 1985, they moved to Bloomington, IN.

    She is survived by her children, David F Simmons and Gregory H Simmons of Chicago, IL, stepchildren, Nancy S Green (Roy) of Ft. Myers, FL, Eric Simmons of St. Thomas, USVI, grandchildren Victoria E Simmons of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, and Thomas F Simmons of Crofton, MD, stepgrandaughter, Laura G Shrable (Kevin) of Bella Vista, AR, and brother-in-law Allan E Simmons (Barbara) of Elmhurst, IL.  She was preceded in death by her spouse, Eric, in 2014.

    There will be a private family celebration of Phyllis' life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis' name to a charity of your choice.

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