Ann Louise Simmons

November 17, 1928October 14, 2020

Ann Louise Kretz Simmons, age 91, passed on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

Our beloved mother, Ann, was born to the late William and Winona Simons Kretz in San Benito, TX. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Texas until she began lovingly raising her family ... which was undeniably her lifelong passion. In addition to being an incredible and loving Mom to her children, she was a "second" mom to many friends of her children as they grew up, friends of the family, her wonderful caregivers from Kingswood Retirement Living and CareStaf, as well as really anyone who passed through her life. Her detailed attention to the needs of those she cared about included making sure that they felt heard, welcomed and accepted. This attention included always making sure that she had their favorite candy or snack was on hand.

Mom is a child of God and prayed daily for her family. Her handwritten note in the margins of one of her prayer cards personifies that caring: "Guide & protect our family. Grant our little family peace, good health & happiness."

Mom played semi-professional softball in her youth and continued her sports passion through a lifelong following of the Dallas Cowboys. After moving to Kansas City from St. Louis two years ago she quickly adopted the Kansas City Chiefs in general, and Patrick Mahomes in particular, taking great joy in their Super Bowl victory and in his life and success!

Mom was preceded in death by our Dad and her husband of 69 years Robert Monroe Simmons, and her oldest son, William Steven Simmons, her sisters Edna Baker, Eileen Watson, Ruth Kretz, and Betty Bourg, and brother Richard Kretz and is survived by her sons, Robert Simmons and wife Leslie, David Simmons and husband David Taylor, and daughter Rebecca Simmons and fiance Brandt Levinson, her sister Annetta Kretz Hopkins, her brothers, Donald Kretz and Raymond Kretz, her grandchildren Brent and wife Kolika, Aaron and partner Tim, Ashley Hoskins and husband Rob, great- granddaughter Zoe, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will include immediate family only and will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. A Celebration of Life for both Mom and Dad will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Kathleen Birdsell

October 22, 2020

Ann will always have a special place in my heart. I feel like I've known her for ever. My beauty shop will not be the same without her laughter and beautiful smile. She loved her family so much. My prayers are with you.
Love you all,

Sue Kruessel

October 18, 2020

Mrs. Simmons (I never called her Ann) was the sweetest soul. I was 9 years old when Becky and I became friends and will never forget the "Hi Sue!" greeting (in a Texas drawl) when I came to visit. She was mom to all the kids in the neighborhood and took our teenage shenanigans as just that. She made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies. Feeling blessed to have so many wonderful memories. Love and hugs to all in the Simmons family. Sue

Patricia Tanner

October 18, 2020

Aunt Ann was such a beautiful woman inside and out. Her love and concern for family was a constant. She will be dearly missed.

Ken and Georgia Stecher

October 17, 2020

Ann and Bob were the best neighbors we ever had. Both were very kind and thoughtful of everyone. We spent many New Years Eves at our house and played rob your neighbor
With many laughs. We had to make sure Bob always ended up with a package of m and m's chocolates. What good times with noise makers and goofy hats. We miss stories byBob and the laughter of Ann. We are praying for the family.

Raymond Kretz

October 17, 2020

She was the most gracious and loving person I know. I will miss her dearly. REP with all who await you in heaven

Margaret Byrne

October 17, 2020

This beautiful woman was my Aunt and a second Mother to me. She so loved her family and I was blessed to be family. She was always such a bright spot for us all! We were always welcome at her home. The love she had for Uncle Bob is now full circle and they are together for eternity. Godspeed, Aunt Ann.
Margaret Ann (She was my name sake 🥰)

Rick Greenier

October 17, 2020

Your Mom, Aunt Ann to me, was a very special person. Trisha and I had the pleasure of taking three trips to visit them during the past 10 years. She treated me like I was one of her sons. On one of those trips, I learned one thing do not play Wii bowling with Ann. She quickly took control of the game and put distance between the three of us. I can still hear her laughter as she claimed victory. Your mom was a very special lady and I will miss her. There will be many trips down memory lane. I am so sorry for your loss, she was a special person in Trisha’s and my life. Rick

Tammy Shea

October 17, 2020

God bless Ann and her entire family. She was a great person, fun loving, an enduring sense of humor and made lasting impression on all her knew her. Love you Ann! 💙❤️💜


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