Sandra Lou Simmons, 82, departed this world on Friday, August 6, 2021. She was born in Roanoke, the daughter of the late Wythe LaHugh (Hugh) Cassell and Lucy (Frances) Cassell.
Sandra was a beautiful lady with an indomitable spirit. She loved rock and roll music, N.Y. city, Las Vegas, travel in general, great food, and parties.
A staunch democrate she supported equal rights for people of all races, genders, and sexual orientation. She had many charities she supported particularly St. Judes, the National organization of Women and the Veterans Hospital.
She began her career in beauty school and worked her way up to being a regional manager of Glenby International. She later started her own salon “HairTrends Inc” with some of her family and friends. She was a mentor and an inspiration to many in the hair buisness.
She had a generous and loving spirit and loved having her family and friends over for wonderful dinners. She was a great cook, photographer, and nature lover. She loved her home on Bent Mt., her friends and neighbors there. She had a great sense of humor and was a creative thinker. Her philosopy of life is reflected in the lyrics of the song, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack with the words; I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, never take one single breath for granted, never settle for the path of least resistance, Give faith a chance.
She is preceeded in death by her husband, Jack Simmons; brother-in-law, Larry Bryant; and ex- husband Jasper Jones.
Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Jimmy Cassell, ( Debbie); sister, Bonnie Nunley (Pete); special brother-in-law, Dewy Bryant (Janie); and sister-in-law, Pat Simmons; her children, Joy Jones (Charlie), Dawn Campbell (Mark), Yvette Jones (Allen), Jesse Simmons (Lori); her grandchildren Tony Campbell, Erica Blankenship (Darren), Amy Campbell, Brandon Jones, Emma Jones, Alex Curtis, Aria and Caleb Simmons; some special nieces and nephews, great grandchildren and many dear friends including her partner in crime, Mary Ann Maslich.
The family would like to thank some special caregivers, Kimberly Hairston, Kim Owens, Betty, Tine, Ann, the caregivers at Edley Place, Rheanna, Sarah and Centra Hospice .
A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2021, at Parkway Brewing Company at 739 Kessler Mill Rd, Exit 141 off 1-81, Salem, VA, parkwaybrewing.com.
Published by Daily Progress on Aug. 8, 2021.