Linda G. “Lin” Simmonds

Linda G. “Lin” Simmonds

July 21, 1946 – March 1, 2022

An angel on earth became an angel in Heaven on March 1, 2022, when Linda “Lin” Gayle Simmonds passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in Omaha, NE.  Lin was preceded in death by husband, Michael Howard Simmonds; parents, Mayme Ruth and Lionel Lucier of Decatur, Alabama.  She is survived by her siblings, Cathy Blakesley (David) of Dallas, Texas, Tim Lucier (Becky) of Decatur, Alabama; children: Kevin Simmonds (Lindsey), Jennifer Schlatter, Natalie Simmonds (Todd Bremer), Shawn Simmonds (Sarah Inderyas); grandchildren: Lucas, Owen and Lauren Schlatter and Basel Barari.

Lin was an active board member and generous philanthropist in the Omaha community.  Her passion for helping others was extraordinary and came to her naturally.  She lifted others by her presence, her service, and her dedication. She carried out all tasks with dedication and always managed to add her unique mark.

Her love of education began as a young girl, her thirst for knowledge continued until her last days.  As a proud graduate of Louisiana State University, she was a passionate schoolteacher back home in Alabama.

Lin faced health challenges throughout her life yet persevered as a loving sister, loyal wife, phenomenal mother, and exuberant Nana.  Ever grateful and appreciative of the art of letter writing, Lin wrote thank you notes to her many friends and family members about everything and anything.  In her honor, we extend an invitation to write a final thank you to her for how she impacted your life.  At the visitation and funeral, we will make a box available for these sealed letters to include them with Lin at her burial.

The VISTIATION SERVICE will begin at 9:15 am on Saturday March 5th followed by a MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30 am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St. Private Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Lunch for friends and family immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to: Nebraska Arthritis Foundation, Nebraska and Iowa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Christopher Bremer Memorial Foundation (Suicide Prevention).

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  • Terri McDonnell Posted March 1, 2022 5:05 pm

    My husband, Jack, and i are sending your family sympathy for Lin’s passing today. We have always loved and respected her, and her family.. Simmonds have always been so helpful in charities. We are sad to have her gone and hope she is hugging your Dad, Mike now. 🕊

  • Brandi Holys Posted March 2, 2022 3:08 pm

    To my dear friend, Natalie, and your siblings Jenny, Kevin, and Shawn, I was so sad to hear about your mother. You have all been so big-hearted to include me for holiday celebrations when I was alone and your mother was incredibly kind, gracious, loving, and so very truly thoughtful. I am holding you in my heart at this sad time. Much love to you all.

  • Tom Fellman Posted March 2, 2022 10:53 pm

    Darlynn and I send our condolences to the family. Over the year mike and Linda and I shared many nice moments together. I know mike was extremely proud of Lin and the family. We are sorry her life was cut short. The world lost a good person today. Very sincerely tom fellman

  • Karen Simms Posted March 3, 2022 10:26 am

    Sending my condolences to all of you children. You lived down the street from me in Fremont. Lin would come for coffee with Natalie in a wagon. I always enjoyed being with Lin and all of you. I have good memories of her and your family. She always was such good company and I missed you all when you moved. Sincerely, Karen Simms

  • Leanne Flynn Posted March 3, 2022 4:53 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss I had the honor to meet her while Natalie was attending Boston College. I will never forget traveling to Omaha for a family event and spending time at the Simmond’s residence. Natalie’s mom was truly special and such a kind woman. I send my deepest condolences to the entire family.

  • Rod Kestel Posted March 3, 2022 6:37 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I am thinking and praying for your family.

  • Sally Stalnaker Posted March 4, 2022 7:13 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Lin’s passing. I wish prayers to her family at this time. She was a true warrior for the Arthritis Foundation and those who suffer. We really enjoyed working with her and her kindness and generosity was so appreciated. She will be greatly missed, but yet remembered for all she has done for others. Sally Stalnaker, Executive Director, Arthritis Foundation Nebraska

  • Jill Runty Posted March 5, 2022 9:13 am

    Heartfelt condolences to Lin’s family.

  • Mary Hendrickson Posted March 5, 2022 9:52 pm

    Sincere condolences to the family of Lin, and Mike. I knew Lin in Fremont, such a kind beautiful person, I well remember her laugh. Your parents lives were ended too soon. God bless your family. My heart and prayers are with you all.

  • Aaron Dailey Posted March 5, 2022 10:13 pm

    I send my prayers to the family of Mrs. Lin Simmonds. I met the family working as a fifth grade teacher years ago at Crestridge Elementary School. The family was a true delight to work with. Mrs. Simmonds served as an active room parent for our classroom. She was always an interested, warm and eager parent, along her husband Mr. Simmonds. She willingly supported and enriched her children’s education. I pray for strength and comfort in the days ahead.

    Aaron Dailey

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