Obituary published Jan. 31, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
Gloria "Shortie" Marcella Van Deventer Simmons, 89, of Arlington, Va., passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013. She was born September 29, 1923 to the late Billy Van Deventer and Mabel Hill Huss in Mexico, Missouri.
She leaves her beloved husband of 68 years, Col. Robert L. Simmons USMC (Ret.), married October 28, 1944 in Chicago. She also leaves behind daughter Jill (John) Graff, grandchildren Laura (Beth) Short and Chris (Emily) Graff, and great-grandson Arthur Graff. She is preceded in death by her son, Brook Simmons.
Shortie grew up in Mexico, Missouri, where, as a sixth grader, she met her future husband. She followed Bob for 32 years throughout the Marine Corps world, with time spent in North Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, Japan, California, and Kansas. She was the founding member of the Marine Corps Gift Shop in Quantico and was active with the Marine Corps Aviation Wives.
Shortie was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She was an enthusiastic member and pillar of the First Christian Church of Falls Church community for 50 years. She laughed and danced throughout life. She always spoke her mind. She was the spark that lit up the world around her, and the glue that held family and friends together.
A celebration of her life was held at First Christian Church of Falls Church (Disciples of Christ) on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Falls Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044.