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Marietta Sharon Simmons-Gingerich

February 11, 1934 August 7, 2014
Marietta Sharon Simmons-Gingerich
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Obituary for Marietta Sharon Simmons-Gingerich

Marietta Sharon Simmons, Gingerich, 80, was born, February 11, 1934 and called Home to her Lord on August 7, 2014.

Marietta was preceded in death by her mother, Opal M. Simmons, Bridges and by her father, Paul E. Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Cynthia Anne Patterson.

Marietta is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edward O. Gingerich of Altamonte Springs. She is survived by her brother, Jim Bridges and his wife, Susan of Kansas City, MO. She is also survived by her daughter, Sharon L. Thysell and son-in-law, Mark Thysell of Winter Springs.

Marietta has 7 grandchildren. They are Tom Peterson of New York, Carrie Bantel and her husband, Jason of Oviedo, Paul Patterson and his wife Pammy of Winter Springs, Tyler Patterson of Winter Springs, Jeremy Good and his wife Laura of Altamonte Springs, Michael Good and his wife Sarah of Gainesville and Brandy King of Calhoun, GA.

She has 10 great-grandchildren. They are Chelsea and Ethan Peterson of New Jersey, Robert Burke of Orlando, Taylor and Chase Bantel of Oviedo, Paul Patterson, Jr.(Pauly) of Winter Springs, Lilly and Jaydin Good of Gainesville, and Sam and Madelyn King of Calhoun, GA.

Marietta was born and raised in Pine Bluff, AR. She met Ed at college and they married August 29, 1952. They raised their two daughters, Sharon and Cindy, in Pine Bluff. Marietta worked as a bookkeeper for Pepsi in Pine Bluff. Marietta and Ed moved to Kissimmee in January of 1974. Later they moved to Altamonte, where Marietta worked for J C Penney Credit Processing Center processing payments in accounts receivable.

Marietta loved to play all kinds of card games. She especially loved Bridge. She also loved to go out to eat, go to the movies and having family get-togethers for birthdays or any other event. Marietta loved playing bingo, doing crosswords and reading. She played the piano beautifully and she would want it mentioned that in her high school marching band, she played the bell lyre.

Marietta was known by many affectionate names by her family and friends, Sherrie, Boogerbear, Grandma, G-ma, G G-ma, Mimaw, Miss Marietta, and Grandma Marietta. She was proud to have so many people who loved and cared for her and about her. She was also very proud of her church and her church family. She was a member of the Young at Heart Group and also served on The Altar Guild.

Marietta was known for her great sense of humor, always making us laugh. She was known for her love of life, being outspoken and saying what she felt at the time. Everyone knew where they stood with her and if they didn't, she would make sure that they did the next time!

Marietta, Mom, G ma, Mimaw, Boogerbear -Your family all looked to you as their matriarch and that was a big job with so many of us going in different directions! You did your job with a tremendous amount of grace. You were the glue! You will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, and we all know we will be with you again one day. Rest In Peace – We Love You So Very Much!!!  A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday August 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Ascension Lutheran Church, 351 Ascension Drive Casselberry, FL 32707.

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