Minnie Mae McClure Simmons was born the 2nd child in Cleveland, Mississippi on Thursday, December 5, 1940 to the union of Elzia and Ella Graves McClure. Her mother, father, two sisters preceded her in death.
On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Minnie, beloved of God, took sweet sleep in the arms of Jesus at the Manor Grove Nursing Home in Kirkwood, Missouri. She made her peace with God.
Minnie was raised in Cleveland and Clarksdale, Mississippi. She accepted Christ at a young age at Union Grove Baptist Church in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Later, Minnie’s family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri and she received her education in the St. Louis Public Schools. She graduated from Hadley Tech High School in 1959. She received her formal training as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Minnie was gainfully employed at DePaul Hospital in the pediatrics department and later was promoted to the billing department. She retired after 35 years of service.
On April 29, 1962, she united herself in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life Mr. William Calvin Simmons II. They were married 56 years and was blessed with one son, William Calvin Simmons III. Minnie loved her son unconditionally.
In 1970, Minnie joined Truth Tabernacle Church, where she was affectionally known as “Sister Minnie” for over 40 years under the leadership of her brother-in-law, Dr. Ulysses and her sister-in-law, the late Dr. Norma Jean Simmons. She remained faithful in attendance until she was physically challenged. Minnie loved her church and respected the anointing that was on her life. Minnie witnessed and experienced the power of healing in her life many times under their ministry. Her favorite song was “I Still Have Joy” by Dorothy Norwood. Her love for this song was a true sentiment of her heart, she said, “after all I have been through, i still have joy!”
Minnie enjoyed traveling and eating good food. She loved being in the presence of family and friends. Her favorite color was red.
Minnie leaves to cherish her precious memory and celebrate her life; a loving a husband, William Calvin Simmons II; one dear son, William Calvin Simmons III; two grandchildren, Jordan Simmons, Sierra Simmons; One great-granddaughter, Kenydee; Brother Elzia (Karen) McClure and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and an array of relatives and friends. (special accolades to her best friends: Martha Turner and LucyAnne Hillard; Stacy Cummings, for her kindness)