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Darlene Marie Simmons, 78, of Markleville, passed away on April 2, 2017.
She was born Dec. 28, 1938, in Anderson, to John Benard Fortwengler and Marie Elizabeth (Huhn) Fortwengler. She graduated in June 1956 from St. Mary's Catholic School in Anderson, and in August married Jerry Lee Simmons. Together they raised five children. Darlene enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting, and working in her yard. She also loved her cats and dogs, and she had a passion for helping stray animals.
She will be missed by her four sons, Jerry Lee Simmons II (wife, Ruby)of Pendleton, Scott Andrew Simmons of Georgia, Anthony Ray Simmons (wife, Trinna) of Anderson; and Christopher Allen Simmons of Markleville; her daughter, April May Short of Warsaw; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry Lee Simmons; and seven siblings.
A Celebration of Darlene's life will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ballard and Son's Funeral Home, 118 S. Fifth St., Middletown, IN with Pastor Katherine Murray officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Madison County Humane Society with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ballardandsons.com.
Published on April 3, 2017
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