Mary Frances Simmons

April 10, 1933October 8, 2020

Mary Frances Simmons, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Honey Grove TX, on October 8th 2020, with her family by her side, after a long time battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born April 10th 1933, Mary was one of twelve children born to Herbert Eugene Vessels and Mary Fadalia Wilkinson Vessels. They lived in the southern Fannin County farming community of Brawley Pool. She attended Bartley Woods School prior to graduating from Honey Grove High School. On December 17th 1950, she married the love of her life, Billy Jack Simmons. She and Billy Jack were blessed with three children: Cynthia Dianne, Sheila Kay, and Michael Jack. Mary Frances loved her husband and family, was a great cook, was a lover of animals and gardening, and would never turn-down a tasty dessert. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Honey Grove, and was retired from Earth Grains in Paris. She is survived by Cynthia and Hossein P. Nikrooh, Sheila and Rick Hart, Michael Jack Simmons, and her granddaughter Leyla Dianne and husband Josh Shipman, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She is also survived by siblings Leeman Vessels, Ima Gene Parham, Betty Anderson and husband Milam. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters Lorena Elizabeth Vessels, Opal Miller, Katherine Bell, Dorothy Hand, and brothers James, Loyd, Edwin, and Calvin Vessels. She will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery in Honey Grove TX, on October 17th 2020 under direction of the Bright Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Craig Clark officiating. Memorials may be made to Oakwood Cemetery Assoc., P.O. Box 96 Honey Grove TX 75446, or to the charity of your choice.


  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Sharon Petton

October 12, 2020

When I think of Mary Frances,
I think of her chess pies. She was a good cook and loving aunt.
When I went to visit my cousins
in the summer she always made me feel right at home. I will miss her,

LuAnn Daniel

October 11, 2020

My heart hurts for all of you!i know she is at peace now and reunited with those that have gone before her. Every time I saw her- she always gave me a hug and always made me laugh. Praying that your precious memories will carry you through the hard times. I love you all!

Mark and Sylvia Askew

October 11, 2020

To all of Mary's family, we send our love and sympathy. May God Bless each of you,
Mark & Sylvia

Mary Anne Thurman

October 9, 2020

So sorry to hear about Mary Frances. It has been a long battle for her. Glad she is at rest now.


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