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1631 Church Street
NORFOLK, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-1085
Fax: 757-624-1508
Shirley Mason-Simmons

Shirley Kathleen Mason-Simmons

Tuesday, July 27th, 1926 - Monday, June 8th, 2020
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Obituary

Shirley Kathleen Mason-Simmons, 93, passed away peacefully at Beth Shalom Village on June 8, 2020.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Simmons; two sons, Charles and Michael Mason; and her brother Rudolph King.

Shirley was born on July 27, 1926 to Kathleen and Rufus King in New York City. Shirley began her career at Metropolitan Life Insurance after graduating from high school. After marrying and welcoming her two sons Charles and Michael, Shirley started babysitting for nearly all of the children in her beloved Bronx neighborhood called the “Valley.” She eventually returned to work as a Social Services Administrative Assistant for the City of New York and remained until she retired. Shirley went on to babysit for a new generation of children.

Shirley married Eugene Simmons, and finally retired for good. Shirley and Eugene left New York City when they moved to Virginia Beach in 1998.

Shirley was fun loving, witty and loved to host spontaneous social gatherings. She loved to play poker and spades, and travel, especially to casinos. Shirley made a delicious pineapple upside down cake and exceptional codfish fritters. Shirley was always glamorous and could be counted on to share an honest opinion.

Shirley is survived by her granddaughters, Katisha and Abra, and their husbands, Roy and Erwin; six great-grandchildren, Keyanni, Kalynn, Royce, Makiyah, Franklin, and Cora; two stepdaughters, Sheila and Sharon; a niece, Yvette; a host of cousins; and dear friends. Family, friends, and others are invited to celebrate Shirley’s life on June 17, 2020 at Graves Funeral Home in Norfolk, Virginia located at 1631 Church St, Norfolk, VA.

(In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Associaton.)
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Graves Funeral Home
    Address
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Graves Funeral Home
    Address
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Location
    Princess Anne Memorial Park
    Address
    1110 North Great Neck Road
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
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Shanee Powell

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To the Simmons and Jenkins family, Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Love Shanee, Deborah and Taylore.
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Sheila E. Ballard

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Please accept our deepest condolences to the family of Shirley Kathleen Mason Simmons and know that she will be sorely missed but forever in our hearts. May God comfort and keep you all in his Loving Care. Allen & Sheila Ballard
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