OBITUARY

Judith Simmons

May 3, 1949April 3, 2019
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SIMMONS, Judith Williford, 69, of Temple Terrace, FL, passed away April 3, 2019. She was predeceased by her parents, William A. Williford and Miriam Rumore Cusick. Judy was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 3, 1949. She is survived by her daughter, Gina Lisa Simmons; sisters Linda Byrne Kirk (Chuck) and Anabelle Lisa Rousse; her beloved nieces and nephews, Vanessa Rousse Bullian , Victor Rousse, B. Scot Rousse, Shawn Vahabzadeh, Jack Byrne, Jr, (Dan), Julie Noto, and Sarah Byrne. Judy dearly loved her family and that love was returned in full. Judy graduated from the University of South Florida with honors and attended Stetson University College of Law where she attained a Juris Doctor degree in 1978. After graduation, she served as a law clerk at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. She subsequently practiced law with several prominent Tampa firms, specializing in insurance law. Judy was a member of the Catholic Church, the Phi Kappa Phi academic honorary, Phi Delta Phi legal honorary fraternity and The Florida Bar. Visitation will be Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., with funeral service at 2:00 p.m., both at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society of the United States at PH: 1-866-720-2676 or The Humane Society of the United States, Dept HACDQ100904001, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 in Judy’s name.

  • FAMILY

  • William Williford, Father
  • Miriam Rumore, Mother
  • Gina Lisa Simmons, Daughter
  • Linda Byrne Kirk (Chuck), Sister
  • Anabelle Lisa Rousse, Sister
  • Vanessa Rousse Bullian, Niece
  • Victor Rousse, Nephew
  • B. Scot Rousse, Nephew
  • Jack Byrne, Jr., (Dan), Nephew
  • Julie Noto, Niece
  • Sarah Byrne, Niece
  • DONATIONS

  • The Humane Society of the United States

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Jenny Gallagher

April 12, 2019

Judy and I were best friends in Jr High and High school. Hung out all the time going to War Memorail dances and the Armory. Great lady and friend, after I got married and she went off to college we lost touch. But she was never forgotten. My condolences to her family and especially Linda and Lisa.

Debbie Genereux

April 8, 2019

Judy was a force! We met in 2001 and our love and commitment to animals bonded us immediately. Her heart was enormous and she will be forever missed by those who loved her- and that's a lot!
Rest in peace and purrs forever.

Clinton Rollins

April 7, 2019

Judy was smart, funny and completely down to earth. Her kindness to animals and people was unprecedented. She was indeed generous with her time and in all aspects of helping others. She is missed. The world needs more like her.

Ann Azdell

April 6, 2019

She was generous, compassionate, brilliant, loyal, kind, possessed of profound integrity, an amazing woman and a dear friend. Condolences to all of us she touched with her grace.

Michele Von Stetina - Kiriloff

April 6, 2019

I am in total shock. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and I know she will be missed by many. RIP sweet lady.

Wm. Fred Taylor

April 5, 2019

My prayers and thoughts are for Judy and her family. A wonderful lady who will be missed by many.

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Biography

Judith Williford Simmons, 69, of Temple Terrace, FL, passed away April 3, 2019. She was predeceased by her parents, William A. Williford and Miriam Rumore Cusick. Judy was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 3, 1949. She is survived by her daughter, Gina Lisa Simmons; sisters Linda Byrne Kirk (Chuck) and Anabelle Lisa Rousse; her beloved nieces and nephews, Vanessa Rousse Bullian , Victor Rousse, B. Scot Rousse, Shawn Vahabzadeh, Jack Byrne, Jr, (Dan), Julie Noto, and Sarah Byrne. Judy dearly loved her family and that love was returned in full.
Judy graduated from the University of South Florida with honors and attended Stetson University College of Law where she attained a Juris Doctor degree in 1978. After graduation, she served as a law clerk at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. She subsequently practiced law with several prominent Tampa firms, specializing in insurance law. Judy was a member of the Catholic Church, the Phi Kappa Phi academic honorary, Phi Delta Phi legal honorary fraternity and The Florida Bar.