Lyla G. Simmons, 95

CALDWELL: Lyla G. Simmons, 95 of Caldwell passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at a Caldwell care center.

Lyla was born October 28, 1924 to Clifford and Verna Donna Dew Ankney at Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As a young girl they moved to Sweetwater and she graduated from Lapwai High School in 1942. Following her graduation she attended Lewis Clark Normal Nursing School for 2 years. She married Doyle Maynard Simmons on March 4, 1944 at Lewiston. They lived in Lapwai until moving to Grangeville in 1965. She worked at Parkhill Manor Nursing Home from 1970 until 1979 then worked providing home day care from 1979 until 1990. They moved to Lewiston in June of 1990 and Mr. Simmons passed away in 1991. She moved to Middleton in October of 2015.

She was a member of the Orchards Community Church in Lewiston, the Grangeville Elks Auxilliary being a lifetime member and the Grangeville Booster Club.

She is survived by her children, Bette Jo Madden (Larry) of Middleton, Patty Cox of Middleton and Russell Simmons (Carla) of Grangeville. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, her parents, a daughter, Diann Irving her siblings; Glenn Ankney, Zelma Gurrell, Etha McCelland, Wayne Ankney, Elton Ankney, Jack Ankney and Lloyd Ankney.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 9 at 2:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Burial will be held on Monday, July 13th at Lewis Clark Memorial Gardens. A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 9 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blackmer Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contribution may be made to the Grangeville Booster Club in care of Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 N Mill St, Grangeville, ID 83530. Send condolences to the family to

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  • Judy Leuck says:

    Patty and Russ, I was so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. From knowing you and your children, she clearly passed on the values of hard work and responsibility to her family. I will always remember her as the ultimate Bulldog fan, often one of the first to arrive for a football or basketball game. She could cheer with the best of them. Lyla was one of a kind. Condolences to all of you and please give Melissa a special hug for me.

    Judy Leuck

  • Jackie Moody says:

    You’ll be missed Lyla your sparkling eyes of mischief and love for those around you. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Love you.

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