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Emma L. Simms

May 9, 1917 — March 9, 2012

Emma L. Simms of Mountain Top died March 9, 2012 at the age of 94.

Emma was the daughter of Rowena Davis Gillman and Harry Gillman. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-seven years A. L. Simms (Augie). Emma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Rhea Simms of Shavertown, and daughter and son-in-law, Rowena and Jerry Mohn of Galveston, Texas.

Community minded, Emma and Augie were active participants in campaign fund raising for Wilkes University, The United Way and Geisinger where they were honored for their generous contribution to the Geisinger Heart Hospital. They also partnered with Al Boscov to realize the restoration of the Paramount Theater and its transformation into the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.

Emma and Augie shared a love of horses and traveling. They rode throughout Europe and Mexico with the prestigious Cabalgata Group based out of Palm Springs, California.

A graduate of GAR High School, Emma studied poetry at Wilkes University and won the Hoyt Library Poetry contest in 1992. Emma was an avid painter and a member of the Women’s Club of Mountain Top.

Emma had great love for her five grandchildren, Margaret Simms, Virginia Rose and Emma Kluger, all residents of Shavertown, and Jerry Mohn and Jennifer Haley of Austin, Texas. Emma was blessed with seven great-grandsons. She is also survived by her brother Jim Gillman and his wife Bette, and sister-in-law, Betty Gillman. In addition to her parents and husband, Augie, Emma was preceded in death by her brother, Harry Gillman and her sisters, Rowena Gillman and Doris Tredinnick.

Friends and family are invited to join in visitation on Sunday, March 11th from 6 to 8 PM at McLaughlin’s – The Family Funeral Service, 142 South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Emma's family will celebrate her life privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Geisinger Heart Hospital,
100 North Academy Avenue, MC 60-19, Danville, PA 17822-6019

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