In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to High Hopes or to the Alzheimer’s Association and left at the funeral home.
Anna Joy (Roby) Simmons, age 78, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013, after a long illness. She was born April 21, 1934, in Humansville, MO, to Dale Owen Roby and Ona Lee (Clayton) Roby. Anna Joy lost her mother at age two and lived for a while with her beloved aunt Mae and cousin Bobbie Jean. After Dale remarried, Anna Joy gained a new brother, Bob, and later a sister Darlene and brother Lenard.
She was married to Howard Vernon Simmons on August 1, 1952, and they lived and worked in Kansas City until relocating in El Dorado Springs in 1960. Anna Joy worked at the Shoe Factory, Royal Café, Dunbrooke, and for many years at Doty’s Nursery. She was a member at Union Hall Baptist Church.
Anna Joy was preceded in death by her husband Howard; her father Dale and mother Ona; stepmother Marguerite; brothers Bob and Lenard; and two infant siblings.
Survivors include her sister Darlene Megli of Lamar, MO; sister-in-law Becky Roby of Nevada; daughter Lisa Brown and husband Brian of Dederick, MO; granddaughter Bobbi Brown and great-grandson Cooper; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
The family will receive friends at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services are Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with David Studer officiating. Musical selections were picked by Anna Joy over the years. Burial will follow in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Travis Roby, Chris Roby, Brandon Hamilton, Mike Hamilton, George Canfield, and Alan Megli. Honorary pallbearers are Brian Brown, Mike Manley, Ronnie Simmons, Terry Simmons, Harold Simmons, Ivan Simmons, Darrel Simmons and Mike Horton.