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Dorothy Jo Simmons

December 15, 1934 ~ October 28, 2018 (age 83)
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This is to celebrate the life and peaceful passing of Dorothy "Dottie" Jo Simmons.  Dottie passed away in Lewiston, Idaho with her son Mickey by her side on October 28th, 2018.

Dottie was born December 15, 1934 in Fannin, TX to John and Willie Beddingfield along with sister Nelda, and twins Ray and Faye.  Mother Willie passed due to medical complications shortly after the twins were born.

Dottie found herself with taking care of her siblings at an Orphanage in Texas while father John was in the military service.  At age 14 she traveled with her father and siblings to Sunnyside, WA.  Going to school and helping with her family.

Dottie saw William "Bill" Isbell at a drugstore downtown and new that was the man for her.  They met and married soon after.  Bill was sent overseas in the military and was killed in the Korean War 2 months before son Mickey was born.

Her life continued marrying Reece Mendanhal and her later and long time husband Andrew "Jack" Simmons.  After a visit from a family member from Alabama, Tanya entered her life.  Dottie saw that she was a child in need, she adopted and cared for Tonya until her passing on June 27, 2012.

Dottie was much loved by many Nieces and Nephews, and great nephews whom she helped along their way. Though out the years she met many special people that her heart touched, she was loved by all.

Dottie loved her country music, having her radio tuned in and playing her local country station at all times.  She also loved growing beautiful flowers come summer, where she spent so much care and weeding while catching the warm sunrays.  Her favorites being petunias and lillies, she had the nack to make them bloom so beautiful.

Dottie is preceded in death by her mother Willie, Father John Beddingfield, Sisters Nelda Vance and Faye Evans.

Survived by Brother Ray Beddingfield, Son: Mickey "Wendy" Isbell, Granddaughter Marilyn "Bronson" Melendez, Greatgrandsons: Aaden and Hokua Melendez.

Memorial Service will be held Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside, WA with Inurnment to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Dorothy's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com  Smith Funeral Homes in care of arrangements. 

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