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Carol J. Simons

Born: Sun., Nov. 21, 1937
Died: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 13, 2019
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
Location: LDS chapel on coroner of Hawthorne and Eldredge

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
Location: LDS chapel on coroner of Hawthorne and Eldredge

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Carol Josephine Anderson Simons was born November 20, 1937 or November 21, 1937.  She peacefully passed away on December 3, 2019.


Carol is the daughter of Margaret May Stanley and Alton Eugene Anderson.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years and eternal companion, Newell R. (Bob) Simons; sons, Stanley and Joseph; her parents; sister, Joyce Smith; and grandson, Eli Sanders.


Carol is survived by her two sons, N. Craig Simons (Kimberlee), Rex E. Simons (Brook); and daughters, Cathrine Kalkman (Cees) and Vickie Jo Wilde (Dennis).  She has 18 grandkids and 31 great-grand kids.  Carol is also survived by her sister, Louise Garcia (Joe).


Carol attended grade school in McCammon where she often times took her baby sister, Louise to school with her while their mother worked.  At age 14 Carol dropped out of the 8th grade, left home and moved to Idaho Falls, ID where she went to work for her aunt and uncle at their restaurant.  After about a year the home sickness was too great and she moved back to Pocatello.  She went to work at Troy Parisian Laundry and lived at the YWCA.  She met dad at a church activity where he was serving as Scout Master and she was serving as the Bee Hive leader.  After a year of dating they were married on June 11, 1954 in the Idaho Falls, ID LDS Temple.  Mom and dad had 54 wonderful years together in this life.


When mom was expecting baby number 4 she announced to dad that she wanted an electric washing machine and dad told her she would have to find a way to buy it.  So, she signed up for LPN (nursing) training at the old St. Anthony Hospital.  After graduating nursing school and having 4 small children mom went to work at the Bannock Memorial Hospital.  She worked in several different departments at the hospital and didn’t care for the mundane.  She transferred to the Emergency Room and found her passion and calling.  She worked in the ER for 30 years.  Her compassion, tenderness, patience and sense of humor touched many people’s lives from her co-workers to the many people she helped to care for.  It was not unheard of for mom to bring home someone who was passing thru town and a loved one took ill or was in an accident and needed a place to stay.  Mom served as the local LPN Association President, State President of the LPN Association and served on the national board as well.  Mom also served on the Idaho State Board of Nursing for several terms working under several different governors.


Mom loved to bake and make candy especially during the holidays.  She had quite the reputation for her fruit cake and English Toffee!  She enjoyed sharing her cooking talents with family and friends and would often host large gatherings.  She enjoyed making “nuthins” (muffins) with all of her grandkids.  Mom was an avid quilter and each winter would find her and dad with a quilt set up in the living room where they would spend countless hours hand quilting large quilts.  This helped to pass the long winter nights!


Mom was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She and dad served as service missionaries for several years at the Chesterfield town site as well as Stake Missionaries.


A viewing will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11 am at the West Pocatello Stake Center, 3444 Hawthorne Rd. Pocatello, Corner of Hawthorne and Eldredge, with a viewing for one hour prior.

Interment will follow at the Chesterfield Cemetery.



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Debbie Matson Layman
   Posted Sun December 08, 2019
Dear Catherine & Family,

I am sorry to read about your Mother's passing. May you feel the loving arms of our Heavenly Father around you during this difficult time.


Diedre Nugent
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
Vicky and family I'm for the loss of your mom she was a very nice lady she was always so kind to me.

Dana and Billie DeChambeau
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
I am privileged to call this wonderful woman my Aunt. The loved she extended to us Smith Girls was amazing. She treated us like we were her own. We will miss you Aunt Carol but happy you are in heaven with Uncle Bob, your Sons, Grandma, and my Mom and Dad. We love you

Randall S Fowler MD
   Posted Wed December 11, 2019
I first met Carol in the ER when I was hired as an ED physician in 1991. Trying to make a good impression on the staff at BRMC, Carol reminded me that "new brooms always sweep well". We had a lot of fun together while caring for patients. She was a rock in an otherwise tumultuous work environment. I will always remember Carol for her compassion and humor. She beat the rest of us to Heaven, I hope they are ready up there for her!
Thanks for the great memories,
Randall S Fowler MD

Kristi Christophersen
   Posted Fri December 13, 2019

Designers Choice-Standard-small was sent by Kristi.

Sidnie and Brent and the rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please know that we love you all. John, Kristi and Abby.

Vyonne Jenks
   Posted Sat December 14, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family, my memories of Carol were always very positive and warm. May peace be with all of you through this time.

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