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412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA


Karanaida Rose Simmons

September 17, 1926August 11, 2020

Karanaida Rose Simmons went to be with her Savior on August 11, 2020 in Warsaw, VA at the age of 93. She lived all of her life in the greater Washington area with over 60 of those years in Prince George’s County, MD. Karanaida was born in Craig Healing Springs, VA on September 17, 1926 to Rose Blaney (Collins) & William James Harris as the 5th of 8 children. She was a devoted wife to Arthur W. Simmons and loving mother of four children; Rebecca Rose Eklund, Arthur Jr, Anna Marie Simmons, and Dee Frances Alban. Preceded in death by her husband, all of her siblings and two of her four children, she leaves behind Anna & Dee and all of her 5 grandchildren, William, Erik, Becky, Georgia, & Karanaida as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Karanaida devoted her life, love, and time to her family and friends as an amazing wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. After raising her children to adulthood and losing her beloved husband Arthur, Karanaida could not stop caring for those in need, so she went to nursing school and became a registered nurse in her late forties. She served at various hospitals and doctors’ offices in the metropolitan area always doing her best to serve her patients and show God’s love through her words and actions. Karanaida also loved to fly so much that she got a pilot’s license and flew her children and grandchildren around whenever she could get time in her friend’s single-prop Cessna to places like Bud’s Ferry, and as far as Florida and the Carolinas. The family is blessed in knowing that our mother and “Mom Mom” as she was known to all the grandkids is celebrating in Heaven in a wonderful reunion with Jesus and all of her family and friends that have gone on before her. You are loved and dearly missed already and we will always love and cherish the time we were graced to have you on this earth.


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Karanaida Alban

August 26, 2020


I’m not having much luck finding my words lately. This is one of those times I’d come to you and ask how to deal with this...but, that’s not an option anymore; I have to figure this out on my own. You always dealt with any situation with grace and composure, and - going by that example you set - I’m trying my best to do the same. No matter how bad it hurts, I put on my lipstick, shoulders back, and deal with it. You instilled that in me, and assured me that I have that grit.

You taught me how to take care of almost any situation, whether it’s fixing a leak in the roof, or a snag in my pantyhose. You taught me how to be fierce, to never let that fire die, and to stand my ground even when it’s crumbling. You taught me how to create beauty, especially when life feels so ugly - talents that are one of the only things bringing me comfort in these times.

You graced me with your name, your wisdom, and your love. It was an honor, and a privilege, to be your granddaughter! Thank you for letting me be your co-pilot for all these trips around the sun. It’s been a hell of a ride!

I love you, my little Yoda!

Jasmyn Zinke

August 16, 2020

Mum mum, though we never met, I felt as if I knew you. You always seemed to be around, when hearing stories about you, it’s like you were there. I wish we met, just know you were still a big part of my life. Your great granddaughter loves you! Rest In Peace.

michele simmons

August 16, 2020

Kitty you were part of my life just about my own whole life married your son and he passed away in 2007 so we weren’t closer in miles but you’re a good person and your May yourest in peace now

Mary Ann Love

August 13, 2020

I'm going to miss you Aunt Kitty. I enjoyed our Sunday afternoon talks and the laughs we shared. Your faith was such an inspiration to me. I'm so glad you don't have to suffer anymore and look forward to seeing you again when God calls me home. Till then you will remain in my heart.

Love you forever,
Mary Ann

Rebecca Karanaida Simmons Blue

August 13, 2020

Mom mom you will be missed dearly. Your beautiful heart and soul will always be with me. You were such an inspiration to us all. May you Rest In Peace.
In Love and light
Rebecca Karanaida Simmons Blue

Jenny Love

August 13, 2020

Anna, Dee, Karanaida, and Logan,
My heart and prayers are with you during this time. Aunt Kitty is very dear to my mom and me as well, we looked forward to our weekly phone conversations. I also treasure the memory of when she and Aunt Grace visited--12 years ago now! We had such a great time, and I enjoyed getting to meet her for the first and only time on this earth. What a blessing and comfort to see her again in heaven!
Love and prayers, Jenny

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