Ms. Madgeline Gardner Simmons Mrs. Simmons pic1

E. Stefan Morris

Obituary for Ms. Madgeline Gardner Simmons Mrs. Simmons pic1

October 26, 1928
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October 24, 2021

Madgeline Gardner Simmons 92 of Lithonia, Georgia transitioned at the home on Friday, September 24, 2021. Madge, as she was affectionately called was born October 26, 1928, in Shreveport, Louisiana before moving to Kansas City where she lived and worked for over 65 years. She was the eldest of six brothers and sisters. Madge’s parents John B. and Alether (Jackson) Gardner Sr., two brothers John B. Gardner Jr., James Gardner, and a son Elmer L. Simmons Jr. all preceded her in death.
Madge was born in the rural Louisiana where she experienced many hardships, but this did not stop her from becoming an industrious graceful lady. She attended Caddo Parish public schools where she desired to further her education, but education was a luxury during those times. Madge continued to dream of a better life and in 1946 met and married Elmer Simmons Sr. in pursuant of this dream. She and Elmer moved to Kansas City in 1947 and to this union three children were born Barbara (Louise), Elmer Jr. (Ubbie), and Joyce (Lainie).
Leaving the south was a double-edged sword, Kansas City wasn’t much different at that time however, she and Elmer were able find the opportunities. She took her rural experiences turning them into determination, respect, dependability, and dignity with pride. Madge used her skills and talents from working around the home into a profession. Madge worked as a housekeeper for over 60 years working for many prominent families in the Kansas City area, and she was proud of it. She was the best in the business, her name preceded her talents, and she never went without job.
At home she loved to cook and bake trying out new recipes on her family. She took a cake decorating class just to show off her talents. One of the things she would say, “food must look good as well as taste good,” and she lived by that motto. She enjoyed holiday gatherings and she hosted many Thanksgiving dinners.
Family meant the world to Madge attending all barbeques, birthdays, graduations, and weddings. If there was a family event she was there on time with a great big smile. Madge especially liked graduations because she was passionate about education. She beamed with pride to see her children and family accomplish their goals. Madge loved her extended family however, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were special, because they were her legacy. She looked forward to their visits by planning something good to eat and giving each one a card with a note, scripture, and something green inside.
Madge’s upbringing was in the church, her mother loved the Lord and taught all six to do the same. She gave her life to God after moving to Kansas City. She attended several churches before making Emmanuel Missionary Baptist her first church home. Madge loved the Lord and did all she knew how to lead a Christian life, she “walked like she talked it,” always having encouraging words to say, backed up by scripture. She read and studied her bible faithful standing on the word of God, her favorite book in the bible was Psalms. As far Madge was concerned prayer was the key to everyone’s problems. Her famous statement was, “God is a way maker. How do I know? Because He made away for me” this was her testimony.
Madge taught Sunday school, supporting fundraisers. and giving to many outreach ministries. Whatever she could do to help, she was there ready and willing to do any task giving 110%. She didn’t have to be out front; she would do her part and if God was satisfied, so was she. She gave God the glory for everything in life, any goal that was accomplished and every spiritual victory she won God got the praise. Madge became a member of Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Donald Givens before her illness and moving to Georgia.
Madgeline has won the final victory, she has crossed to the other side, she has seen Jesus, she has a mansion, and is walking on streets paved with gold. She will be missed by her loving family.
Two daughters; Barbara Weaver of Fresno, California, Joyce Hill of Lithonia, Georgia, Four grandchildren; Vance and Aaron Weaver of Fresno, CA, Nichole (Calvin) Wall of McDonough, GA, Jhere Rowland of Lithonia, GA. Four great-grandchildren; Jasmine Yancie of Atlanta, GA, Imani and Dominic Wall of McDonough, GA and Makenzie Rowland of Lithonia, GA. Three sisters; Betty Billiard and Vera Gardner of Kansas City, MO and Erma Yarbrough of Seattle, Washington, and One brother Don (Linda) Gardner Hawkins of Converse, TX., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Location:

Elite Funeral Chapel

11525 Blue ridge Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64134

Service Details

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at
11:00 AM

Location:

Elite Funeral Chapel

11525 Blue ridge Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64134

Interment Details

Interment Type: Cemetery

XII Gates Memorial Gardens

9500 E. Bannister Rd. Kansas City, Missouri 64134

Professional Services Entrusted to Elite Funeral Chapel 11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, MO. 64134. Tel: (816) 765-0141 Fax (816) 765-5500