Biographical Sketches 515
"In bodily weakness an everfailing aid, in sickness first and last a
tender companion and untiring nurse, his death alone put an end to her
solicitous ministrations."
After the death of her husband on March 3, 1889, Mrs. Simmons
found her chief joy in the championship and love of her children... .
So long as any of them were able to join with her in keeping her
home, Mrs. Simmons lived at Wake Forest. In her later years she
lived with one or another of her children.
As a member of the Wake Forest community Mrs. Simmons
exercised a most wholesome influence. She loved every one and was
loved in turn. She was one of those rare women who are never
expected to take sides in petty social wrangles, whose opinion every
one respects and fears. She had a way of doing good. The colored
people were not left out of her scheme. She sold them land to build
their homes. She was interested in their housekeeping, their temporal
and spiritual welfare. One of her last words was that they should be
asked to attend her funeral services.
She lived and died in a happy youthful Christian spirit, meeting her
end with resignation and a Christian's hope. The time of her departure
had come and she regarded it without trepidation. "Do not send for
Ada Lee (Mrs. Timberlake)," she said when she knew she was dying.
"Let her stay at Wake Forest and prepare for our coming."
The funeral services were simple. Very fittingly they were in the
College Chapel. A few songs that she loved; a letter from Dr. W. B.
Royall; a tribute to her contribution to the life of the College from
President Poteat, who declared: "I am unable, I find myself quite
unable to think of the College of the seventies and eighties apart from
Mrs. Simmons, and her gracious memory will, through the coming
years, add to the virility of its service and the fragrance of all
womanly graces." Dr. Cullom followed, dwelling upon her genuine
Christian piety, her helpfulness, and her love for the church. Then we
laid her body to rest.
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