She was born on May 1, 1927, in Heber City, to Bill and Chloe Slade. She married Lionel George Simmons on Aug. 27, 1946, in the Salt Lake Temple. He passed away in 2002. She leaves behind her sons, Gary Simmons (NaDene) and Dwayne Simmons (Bonnie); one daughter, Carolyn Whetten; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lionel; grandsons, Stephen and Blake Simmons, and Jason Whetten; and her brothers, Elbert, Curtis, and Harold Slade.
Norma was known and loved for her service to others. For 30 years she and her husband, Lionel, did foster care for LDS Social Services, caring for babies until they were placed in their adoptive homes. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank her daughter, Carolyn, for the loving care she has given for the past two years. They would also like to thank the caregivers from Sage Hospice.
Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1911 North 24th Street, Mesa, Arizona, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. There will be a short visitation in the Relief Society Room one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday.