Carol Anne Simmons Obituary (1938 – 2022) – Bountiful, UT
Beloved and cherished, our dear Carol Anne left us on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022. Her eighty-four years started on May 1, 1938 in Kanab, Utah, where she was born to Orlin and Annie Colvin. Tiny at birth and the youngest of four, she quickly became the family darling. With two schoolteacher parents, her childhood home was filled with learning, laughter, and music. A lifelong musician, Carol was accomplished at the piano, organ, and trumpet; her love of music sprouted from many nights of gathering around the piano in her childhood home. Carol spent most of her youth in Tropic, Utah, where she graduated from Bryce Valley High School, Class of 1956.
While working at Bryce Canyon National Park in the summer of 1954, Carol served dinner to a handsome young man named Vern Winter of Levan, Utah. After falling in love on moonlit nights among the desert hoodoos, Carol and Vern were married at the Salt Lake Temple on September 29th, 1956. Together they raised four children– Alan (Susan), Debra (Todd) Stevenson, Pauline (Calvin) Purser , and Cherise (Tracey) Thompson, and then welcomed 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Carol and Vern lived in several cities where they made many friends. Those cities include Price, UT, Roosevelt, UT, Bountiful, UT, Cedar City, UT, Casa Grande, AZ, Kaysville, UT, Boise, ID, North Ogden, UT, and Layton, UT. An accountant by trade, Carol worked for Firestone, Clover Club, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After retiring, Carol and Vern served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Diego, working at the San Diego Temple and the Mormon Battalion Visitors Center. In his final days, Carol continued to care for Vern, losing him to cancer on December 30th, 2006.
During her mission in San Diego, Carol met DeWayne White “Jake” Simmons. After losing his wife, Jean, to Alzhiemer’s in 2009, Jake and Carol reconnected and married on January 28, 2011. Proving that love can bloom at any age, Carol and Jake celebrated their golden years together. They united two families, expanding Carol’s circle of love with six stepchildren—Nathan (Debbie), Calvin (Cyndy), Gail (Ross) Cheesman, Bret (Linda), Bart, and Angela (Kirk) Petersen, 23 grandchildren, and 48 great -grandchildren. Despite the large family, Jake and Carol knew and prayed for each by name. As she had cared for Vern, Carol cared for Jake, losing him to cancer on November 16, 2021.
Carol served faithfully in many callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including callings in the Primary, Young Women, Relief Society, Young Adults, and as a ward missionary. Her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ, was deep and abiding. Though she enjoyed a lifelong calling as a ward organist, she truly excelled as a ministering sister. With empathy and kindness, Carol made all around her feel loved and important.
Carol was so many things – the perfect hostess, eternal BYU fan, tender grandmother, compassionate mother, and friend. Never one to leave the house without putting her best foot forward, Carol knew how to add the right touch to make something “classy,” dare we say even “foxy.” Carol loved things into growing, whether it was her beautiful garden or her grandchildren. A rare gem, she will be truly missed.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, her brother Grant (Pat) Colvin, and her sister Myrlene (Keith) Merrill. She is survived by her brother Lloyd (Ella) Colvin, her children, stepchildren, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and her faithful furry friend Oreo.
Special thanks to Carol’s neighbors and ward members for their love and support over the years and in particular the last several months.
Viewing: Friday, September 16th, 6:00-8:00 PM
Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 N Main St, Farmington, UT 84025
Viewing: Saturday, September 17th, 9:30-10:30 AM at the Foxhill Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 200 Eagle Ridge Drive, North Salt Lake, UT 84054
Funeral services to follow at the Foxhill Ward building, 11:00-12:00 PM
Attendance via Zoom:
Link for Carol Simmons funeral:
Webinar ID: 985 1910 2167
Kaysville City Cemetery
Next to her husband, Vern Winter
Published by Russon Brothers Mortuary – Bountiful on Sep. 12, 2022.