Margaret Simmons Ellis, 76, of Vivian, LA., passed from our sight and hearing on Sunday, October 14, 2012. She was born to Earl Welton Simmons, Sr. and Lula Mae Gore Simmons on February 12, 1936, in Plain Dealing, LA. Although she lived much of her life in and around North Louisiana, she traveled extensively and following retirement worked for the National Park Service in Arizona and Washington State. She and her youngest son went mountain climbing in the Olympic Peninsula on her 71st birthday.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by one brother, Earl Welton ‘Bud’ Simmons, Jr.; and two sisters who died in infancy, Betty Lou Simmons and Dorothy Virginia Simmons. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, John W. Ellis; three sons, John C. Ellis of Vivian, and wife Harmony, Dale Ellis of Little Rock, AR, and Wayne Ellis of Port Angeles, WA; four sisters, Mary Day of Denver, CO, Mavis Herring of Hosston, LA, Linda Williams of Oil City, LA, and Nancy Kirby of Oil City, LA; one brother, Charles Simmons of Boscobel, WI; her beloved grandsons, Zachary Wayne Henry Ellis of Little Rock, AR and Cody Walker Henry Ellis of Heber Springs, AR; grand-goddaughter Hannah Johnette Deason of Waskom, TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and her close friend of many years, Bob McClellan, of Tomball, TX.
The family wishes to acknowledge our gratitude to the nurses, staff, and administration of both North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian, and SouthernCare Hospice in Shreveport, LA. As her health deteriorated she had numerous hospital stays. Many of her caregivers at the hospital became dear friends, as did those at hospice. Their extraordinary care and compassion in these last few months allowed our mother, wife, sister, and aunt to live out her last days peacefully in her own home. We are also grateful for the kindness of the staff of Auld’s Funeral Home and Professional Transportation Services in Shreveport, LA.
SouthernCare maintains a fund to provide hospice to those without resources who are in need of their service. The family encourages anyone who wishes to honor her life with a donation, to make a contribution in Margaret Ellis’ name to SouthernCare Hospice, or to any worthy charity of your choice.
Margaret was a longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous and provided hope and inspiration for many who sought it. Her own recovery began on January 12, 1977. Memorials to celebrate her life and recovery will be held by her AA family at The Highland Club in Shreveport, LA and The One Day Club in Atlanta, TX. Details are pending. At her request no other public service will be held.