Viola Louisa Simmonds died on Dec. 24 at her residence. She was 95 years old. She was a longtime Girl Scouts leader, a founding member of the Virgin Islands Girl Scouts Council and a retired educator.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph V. Simmonds.
She is survived by her sons: Rhett Simmonds and Roi Simmonds: daughters: Ruby Simmonds Esannason and Ralda Simmonds; stepchildren: Blanche Simmonds Yearwood and Henry “Mickey” Simmonds; and grandchildren: Lo-An Sewer, Zenzi Hodge and Sulema Simmonds.
She is also survived by great-grandchildren: Andria Weeks, Andre George and Rafael Hodge; sisters-in-law: Norma Simmonds and Delia Simmonds; son-in-law, Rubio Esannason; grandsons-in-law: Aaron Hodge Sr. and Earl Lake; special daughters: Shermel Osborne, Carmen Hamilton and Karen Bunn; special sons: Clement White and Calford Martin; special nephew and nieces: Al Simmonds, Joan Nichols and Lynette Scott; and other family and friends too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a visitation from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Celestial Chapel, Hurley Funeral Home. The service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Frederick Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Eastern Cemetery.
Tributes may be e-mailed to VLSTributes@gmail.com by Thursday, Dec. 29.
Arrangements are under the care of Hurley Funeral Home and Cremation Center of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Tortola.
For directions and online condolences, please visit us at www.hurleydavisfuneral home.com