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Gayle Darlene Simmons

June 27, 1946 — August 11, 2021

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 our beloved Mother, Gayle Darlene Simmons took the Lord's hand and went home. She was surrounded by her family and Pastor as she gracefully and peacefully took her last breath at the age of 75.She was born on June 27, 1946 to Albert and Flossie Miller of Wilsall. She was the 9th child born into a large and loving family. She grew up in Wilsall and always had a lot of amazing stories to tell us about it's history. She was always busy, never one to sit still for long. You could find her on the back of a horse, a tractor, in the yard, at a friend's house helping out or having fun with her sister Joyce. Our favorite place to find her was in the kitchen as she was a phenomenal cook. Mom was Wilsall's biggest cheerleader, not only when we were in sports but for every student each year. She rarely missed a game if she could help it. She and her friends would travel with each other or on the bus to make sure we had a cheering section. They had all the apparel, pom poms, signs, etc. and were always the loudest they could be. She loved flowers, the color pink, hummingbirds, the Flag, our Veterans, Alan Jackson, the Griz, Dale Earnhardt, football, NASCAR, bull-riding, basketball, crocheting blankets, taking pictures of family and sunsets. Most of all, she loved her family and her friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Flossie Miller; sisters, Madeline, Phyllis, Evelyn and Kathryn; brother, Lester; and husband, Jim Simmons. She leaves behind sons, Rob (Karalee) Reinhardt of Alpine WY, Don (Tina) Reinhardt of Wilsall and daughter, Dana Reinhardt Upton of Livingston; grandchildren, Zachary, Brittany, Hope, Cole, Megan and Connor; great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Stetsen, Deven, Josh and Damian and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.She struggled for several years with COPD disease. She fought long and hard to the very end. Always optimistic about getting better and stronger. She held on, like most mothers, afraid to leave us behind. Worried about us being okay, missing out on our lives and those of her grandchildren. After all, who would love us better than her? Did she do the best she could raising us? Was she a good mother? Oh Mama, you were our home, our light and our love. We had everything because we had you. The legacy you leave behind is one you can be proud of. We will miss you many moments of every day, every Holiday and every sunset...with every heartbeat. You are no longer in pain or struggling. It was time for you to rest. Spread your wings and breathe. Til we see you again. A memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2:00 p.m., at the Wilsall Community Church; burial will follow the service at the Wilsall Cemetery and fellowship will then be held at the church.Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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