Sunday, June 5th, 1932 - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
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Memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Pallbearers will be Brandon Simmons, Roy York, Matt Simmons, Ian Simmons, Cody Simmons and James Ray.

Nita Simmons passed from this life to God’s eternal care in heaven on June 2, 2020 in Mesquite. She was born June 5, 1932 in Hico, Texas to James Claude and Ruby Lee (McLendon) Herrin. Nita married Marine Corporal James (Jim) Leon Simmons in 1950. They moved to Mesquite in 1955, where they raised their three children in the very home she remained in until she moved to the Cambridge Court Memory Care Community.

Nita was a Cub Scout and Band Mom. She was a member of the Mesquite College and Locust Church of Christ since 1955 and helped with Sunday School and nursery activities. She never met a person to whom she wouldn’t provide a helping hand, a listening ear and words of encouragement. Nita worked for the Mesquite ISD for 25 years.

Nita is survived by her son, Randy Simmons and wife Joni of Mesquite; daughter, Rhonda Ray and husband Tommy of Rockwall; son, Ricky Simmons of Kaufman; grandchildren, Brandon Simmons and wife January, Matt Simmons, Cody Simmons, James Ray, Roy York and wife Gena, Ian Simmons and Julia Simmons; 9 great-grandchildren; niece, Deborah Richardson and husband Charles of Cleburne; nephew, David Herrin and wife Gay of Cleburne and sister-in-law, Nancy Herrin of Cleburne.

Nita is preceded in death by her husband; brother, Melvin Herrin and sister, Quatia Herrin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

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    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 10:30am
    Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel
    512 N. Ridgeway Dr.
    CLEBURNE, TX 76033
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Richard Dalby

Posted at 10:27am
Ricky, Rhonda, Randy, I was so sad to hear of Nitas passing. She was like my second Mom. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service, but please know that you are all in my thoughts a prayers. I love you all.

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