OBITUARY

Jonelle Corinne Simmons

March 19, 1949January 6, 2019
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Jonelle "Jodi" Simmons March, 19, 1949 - January 6, 2019 Raleigh Jonelle "Jodi" Simmons, 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was surrounded by her husband, son and his wife, and her three grandchildren. She's looked at clouds from both sides now. Jodi was born in Marshfield, WI, March 19, 1949, and spent her childhood in Kalamazoo, MI. She married Vernon Moore in 1972; they were married for ten years and had one son, David Moore, in 1976. She married Bill Simmons in 1983. Her three beloved grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, were born in 2011, 2012, and 2018.

Jodi graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971, then taught high school French in Smithtown, NY. She returned to Ann Arbor and worked at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan; moved to Arlington, MA, and worked at the computing center at Harvard University; moved to Huntington Woods, MI in 1978, worked at the computing center at Wayne State University; worked at Henry Ford Health Systems Information Systems from 1983 to 1999. She moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1997. She then took a great leap of faith.

Jodi began work on her Master of Divinity at Wake Forest University in 2000, graduating in 2003. She worked as a chaplain at Durham Regional Hospital from 2004 to 2005 and then for Duke Hospice from 2005 until the time of her death. She was certified as a CPE Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in 2014 and also worked as a chaplain for Durham Veteran's Hospital since 2017.

Jodi's energy was magnetic and abundant, her compassion endless, her kindness and grace ever-present. Her belief in the power of love and generosity was transformative for everyone who was fortunate enough to be touched by her spirit. As her granddaughter Nala noticed after her passing, the world feels a little lonelier without her.

Jodi's midlife career change created vitality in her life that remained until her death. Pastoral care became her passion, and caring for others' spiritual well-being her vocation. She strived to always "be there" for someone and was expert at allowing others to "tell their story."

Jodi is preceded in death by her father, Leo Dick; mother, E. Corinne Dick (Fries); husband Vernon Moore; mother-in-law Marian Simmons; and nephew Ross Eames.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; her son, David Moore, and his wife, Josephine, her three grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, all of Cleveland Heights, OH; her sisters, Carolyn ("Scooty") Kellogg (Ken) of Bainbridge Island, WA; and Connie Eames (Ross) of Ruskin, FL; her brother, Ted Dick (Susan Spector) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and her sister from a different mister, Anne Duli (Ana Maldonado) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and 8 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Brown Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh on Friday, January 11 from 2 pm to 8 PM, with a Remembrance Service at 6 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh at 11 AM, Saturday, January 12. The family asks that any contributions in her name be made to Duke Home Care & Hospice.

  • FAMILY

  • Jodi is preceded in death by her father, Leo Dick; mother, E. Corinne Dick (Fries); husband Vernon Moore; mother-in-law Marian Simmons; and nephew Ross Eames. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her son, David Moore, and his wife, Josephine, her three grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, all of Cleveland Heights, OH; her sisters, Carolyn ("Scooty") Kellogg (Ken) of Bainbridge Island, WA; and Connie Eames (Ross) of Ruskin, FL; her brother, Ted Dick (Susan Spector) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and her sister from a different mister, Anne Duli (Ana Maldonado) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and 8 nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Remembrance Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Reception Following the Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jonelle Corinne Simmons

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Rosann Furry

January 9, 2019

Jodi...A very special person...a devoted wife to Bill, loving mother to David and Josie, the happiest of grandma’s to Nala, Leo and Sabina. If you had the pleasure to meeting Jodi, you had a friend forever. Jodi touched the life of so many people. Weather you were an acquaintance, dear friend, coworker or lucky to be part of Jodi’s family. We will all miss her and NEVER forget her. So say her name when you think about her, “ Jodi use to say that” or “Jodi would sing that song” or “grandma use to play with us” Please pray for Jodi’s soul because I know she will be praying for us.

Elaine Price & Gordon Landefeld

January 9, 2019

Our condolences for your loss from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. We love Jodi's brother Ted, and can only imagine Jodi's love of life.

Stephen Carlin

January 9, 2019

I always enjoyed our conversation and your company when I was at your home. Even though our encounters were for brief moments and somewhat as a business setting over the past 13 or so years. I really enjoyed each and every time with Jodi and Bill. I am thankful and blessed to have been just a small part of your lives. My heart and prayers go out to Bill and family as I am sure they are all missing you.

Warm wishes,
Steve Carlin

Tom and Dianne Callahan

January 9, 2019

We are forever grateful for the visits we shared with Jodi and Bill in our home or past get togethers in Michigan and N.C.
Jodi’s comforting, sincere smile and endearing laughter forever sealed in our memories as well. David, she was so very proud of all you are and we know how much she loved your family. Bill no words can convey our deepest sympathy and sadness for losing your best friend. Again, we keep you so close to our hearts. Tom and Dianne

Norrine Simmons Gegogeine

January 8, 2019

Bill,David&family,
Jodi was one of the most kindhearted thoughtful person I've known. When my father went to a nursing home Jodi made a wreath, with a horseshoe ,to put on the door to his room. He was so happy and very proud to tell everyone who made the wreath for him. May the memories of such a beautiful person be a source of comfort to you at this time
Sharing in your sorrow and offering deepest sympathy.
Norrine Simmons Gegogeine

Margie Burton

January 8, 2019

I am so grateful that Jodi has been a part of my life. I remembered when I first met Jodi at St. Luke's. She was a breathe of fresh air. She became a wonderful friend and a woman I looked up to. For a number of years she was my spiritual director and I remember all the ways that she encouraged me in my ministry. She was a woman who helped me stretch the envelope on woman's roles in the Church. She was so pastoral and a gift to many during difficult times. I pray she is at peace looking down on us and continuing to influence the things that we do! I know how much she valued the relationships in her life- she spoke often of her love for Bill, David, Josie and her grandchildren. May you all hold onto that love and cherish the memories you have shared..

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Biography

Jonelle "Jodi" Simmons March, 19, 1949 - January 6, 2019 Raleigh Jonelle "Jodi" Simmons, 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was surrounded by her husband, son and his wife, and her three grandchildren. She's looked at clouds from both sides now. Jodi was born in Marshfield, WI, March 19, 1949, and spent her childhood in Kalamazoo, MI. She married Vernon Moore in 1972; they were married for ten years and had one son, David Moore, in 1976. She married Bill Simmons in 1983. Her three beloved grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, were born in 2011, 2012, and 2018.

Jodi graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971, then taught high school French in Smithtown, NY. She returned to Ann Arbor and worked at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan; moved to Arlington, MA, and worked at the computing center at Harvard University; moved to Huntington Woods, MI in 1978, worked at the computing center at Wayne State University; worked at Henry Ford Health Systems Information Systems from 1983 to 1999. She moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1997. She then took a great leap of faith.

Jodi began work on her Master of Divinity at Wake Forest University in 2000, graduating in 2003. She worked as a chaplain at Durham Regional Hospital from 2004 to 2005 and then for Duke Hospice from 2005 until the time of her death. She was certified as a CPE Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in 2014 and also worked as a chaplain for Durham Veteran's Hospital since 2017.

Jodi's energy was magnetic and abundant, her compassion endless, her kindness and grace ever-present. Her belief in the power of love and generosity was transformative for everyone who was fortunate enough to be touched by her spirit. As her granddaughter Nala noticed after her passing, the world feels a little lonelier without her.

Jodi's midlife career change created vitality in her life that remained until her death. Pastoral care became her passion, and caring for others' spiritual well-being her vocation. She strived to always "be there" for someone and was expert at allowing others to "tell their story."

Jodi is preceded in death by her father, Leo Dick; mother, E. Corinne Dick (Fries); husband Vernon Moore; mother-in-law Marian Simmons; and nephew Ross Eames.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; her son, David Moore, and his wife, Josephine, her three grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, all of Cleveland Heights, OH; her sisters, Carolyn ("Scooty") Kellogg (Ken) of Bainbridge Island, WA; and Connie Eames (Ross) of Ruskin, FL; her brother, Ted Dick (Susan Spector) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and her sister from a different mister, Anne Duli (Ana Maldonado) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and 8 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Brown Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh on Friday, January 11 from 2 pm to 8 PM, with a Remembrance Service at 6 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh at 11 AM, Saturday, January 12. The family asks that any contributions in her name be made to Duke Home Care & Hospice.