Vertie Marie Simmons
September 21, 1939  -  March 22, 2018

Vertie Marie Simmons

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Monday, March 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Centre Avenue Baptist Church
1711 W. Centre Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Centre Ave. Baptist Church for Vertie Simmons of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mrs. Simmons 78, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Artesia.

Ed Hickey will officiate at the services with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rodney Standard, Buddy Simmons, Danny Parker, Larry Shipman, Dennis Davis, Danny Parker, Mike Shannon, Jeff Youtsey and Michael Smedley. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Scott, Leon Simmons, George Chase Jr., and Chevy Chase. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

Vertie was born September 21, 1939 in Wellington, Texas; the daughter of William Anderson Randall and Zada Fields Randall.

She came to Artesia in 1958 from Texas. On July 20, 1961 she was married to Virgil Jr. Simmons in Carlsbad, N.M. He preceded her in death on March 20, 1993.

She was a babysitter for many years and helped raise many children. She was a member of Centre Ave. Baptist Church and the Senior Center. She enjoyed ceramics, quilting, bingo and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Willie Wayne Randall and George Randall.

Survivors include a god-daughter Cassie Whitt of Woodsboro, Texas; sister Mollie Simmons of Artesia; many nieces and nephews including Cindy, Tracey, Janice, Jennifer, Becky, Linda, Sherry, Jodi, James, Timmy, Rodney, Curtis and Buddy.


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  1. Rodger and Rose Breeden
    Bonnie View, TX

    Vertie you will be dearly missed. You came into our lives with open arms and just stole our hearts. May you Rest In Peace and one day we shall meet again. You will never be forgotten 😪

  2. Lynn Parker
    Rose Valley, PA

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Vertie. Vertie took very good care of our daughter Jessica. She was a good woman with a big heart. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  3. Becky LaRue
    Artesia, NM

    I am so sorry for your loss of Vertie. She was such a sweet lady! She loved her family and so many children! Praying for God's grace, strength and peace for all while you grieve your loss and learn a new normal without her....💔❤️

  4. Ruby Parker
    Artesia, NM

    We are saddened at the loss of Vertie but when she was welcomed into heaven by Jesus and those who have gone before, she is realizing the hope we all live for. May God Bless all of the family.

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