Barbara F Simmons

October 2, 1932January 7, 2021

Barbara Fay Simmons, age 88, went to be with the Lord January 7, 2021 in Belton, Texas. She was born in Garland, Kansas in 1932 into the family of Earl and Wilma (Hawkins) Foster. At 13 she dedicated her life to the Lord to be either a missionary or pastor’s wife. In praying that prayer to become a pastor’s wife, she stated that she wouldn’t , until later on, discover what all that would mean over the next 50 years in that role. A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:00pm at North Belton Cemetery in Belton, Texas with Bruce Mercer, Billy Koinm, Charlie Payne, and Jay Weaks co-officiating. In 1951, her husband, Wilbur Simmons, was attending Bible Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and rode a train back to Fort Scott, Kansas to take Barbara as his bride. She always called Wilbur “her personal pastor”. She had the utmost trust and confidence in her Lord and her husband as she served by her husband’s side as pastor’s wife for 50 years in Baptist Churches throughout Texas. Barbara worked outside the home for 14 years at county government offices in both Cooke and Wise County tax offices. During Barbara’s retirement, early on, she assisted her late husband on Sunday’s at Sterling House playing the piano before his devotionals. She continued playing, where she had moved after her husband passing, at Creekside Terrace in Belton, Texas assisting Pastor Billy Koinm when he came for the Wednesday services. After Covid altered the services, she continued to play hymns every afternoon until her end. Barbara is survived by her loving family, “My Three Sons” as she called them. Steve Simmons and wife Whelma of the Philippines, Tim Simmons and wife Cheryl of Temple, and Daniel Simmons and spouse Matt Bartle of Ft. Worth, four grandchildren, Courtney Strom and husband Brandon, Whitney Simmons, Colin Simmons and wife Sandy, and Matthew Simmons, two great-grandchildren Bennett and Keaton Strom. She is also survived by her sister Joanna Woody of Bronough, Missouri and many nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur E. Simmons, her parents Earl and Wilma Foster, her sister Virginia Flo Willard, and her brother Earl Calvin Foster. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Barbara has requested that all heed the call to “prepare to meet the Lord”. She died with the full faith that she will one day again see all her friends and loved ones. In lieu of flowers memorials in Barbara’s name to the donor’s choice would be appreciated. To share a memory or sign Barbara’s guestbook please visit


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Shirley Hensley

January 13, 2021

Steve, Tim and Danny I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Barbara's passing. I think of the times we vacation at your home in Texas. Aunt Barbara was a very sweet and special lady. I have very fond memories of Aunt Barbara and Uncle Wilber. You boys are in my thoughts and prayers. My condolences to the family. Dan & Shirley (Stumfoll) Hensley.

Lori McGill

January 10, 2021

Sending our Condolences and Prayer's to the family for Peace, Comfort and Healing during the loss of your loved one. Barbara has gained her "Angel Wings " and crossing over on her journey to Heaven to be with her other family members.
Barbara may be gone from your sights, but she will forever remain in your thoughts and heart. She will always be with you ❤.

Blessings, Prayer's and Love,

Lori McGill and family.

Allie Cagle

January 10, 2021

Barbara and I have been best friends since we met in Fort Wort over 60 years ago. Our husbands were in seminary and we all became the best of friends. We always stayed in touch with calls, cards, and visits over the years. My heart is happy knowing she is reunited with Wilbur in heaven. She was a beautiful person on the inside and outside. She was always sharing the gospel with family and friends because she wanted everyone to know the plan of salvation. She loved singing and playing the hymns. I will miss her. I pray for God to comfort her three sons and their families. "|When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing it will be." My deepest sympathies to the Simmons family. Camilla and family

Stephanie Potts-Lindsey

January 9, 2021

I have very fond memories of our times together at Central Baptist. My heart goes out to the family. Love and blessings for you during this time of sorrow.


January 9, 2021

My most precious memory of Barbara was the smile of enjoyment on her face as she listened to our shared children and grandchildren sing the beloved old hymns and (at our family Christmas gathering) Christmas carols. At the end of a song she often clapped and said, "Praise the Lord! That was beautiful!" May God bless you who remain here on earth, and give you sweet comfort and peace and the hope of seeing Barbara again in Heaven. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalm 116:15).

Denise Hardwick

January 9, 2021

Barbara was with me when I accepted Christ. She has always been special to me. My condolences to the family.

Connie Redwine

January 8, 2021

So many good memories of Barbara and Bro Simmons, thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Randy Hardin

January 8, 2021

Mrs Simmons always had a sweet refreshing smile. I grew up in the neighborhood and played at their house many a day and night. My condolences to Steve, Tim and Danny. You will be in our prayers as you celebrate your mother’s life. I have very fond memories...
Randy & Kathy Hardin