Mattie Mae Simmons 1941-2021

Ms. Mattie Mae Simmons was born on August 29, 1941, to the late Jimmie Lee Franklin and Mattie Ola McGuire. She grew up in Conyers, Georgia. Mattie was the oldest of 15 siblings of which she raised most of her younger brothers and sisters. Mattie Mae attended J.P. Carr Public School of Rockdale County Georgia as a child. Mattie Mae was a hardworking, self-made entrepreneur for many years in Georgia and employed her own house cleaning business and was an amazing cook and baker. In 1967, she united in holy matrimony with late Ernest Simmons. From that union, five children were born: Ernestine, Charlotte, Lillie, and two that have passed on to heaven (Lisa and Jeffery). In 1995, Mattie moved to Tacoma, Washington with her daughter, Lillie and son-in-law, Eugene. She joined St. John Baptist Church and joined the choir which she enjoyed.

Everyone that knew Mattie knew she loved to fish, cook, bake, garden and go to church. She spent many of her Saturdays roaming every aisle of the grocery store in order to prepare a delicious Sunday dinner for her family. She loved her family and friends very deeply and would help anybody she could in any way she could. Through the later half of her life, she spent most of her days spending quality time with her 15 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. She was the best grandma they could all ask for. Mattie was truly the heart and rock of the family.
On June 25, 2021, Mattie gained her wings and was called home to be
with the Lord.

May you rest in paradise, Mattie. We imagine you cooking the best cooked meal in heaven. Your life will continue to live on through your children, Ernestine, Charlotte, and Lillie and your sisters Julia and Essie, and brothers Joe Lewis, Johnny, Michael, and Jessie, and your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thank you for sharing your life with us and loving us. God may have you in his arms, but we will forever have you in our hearts.

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