SIMMONS PATRICIA O. 85, of Oldsmar, Florida, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michiganpassed away on November 9, 2012. Patty was a graduate of the University of Michigan where she met her husband Edson Burton, the Grandson of C.M. Burton, Detroit's famous Historian. She was a published writer and raised her family in the Birmingham area. She later remarried and owned a travel agency with her husband Robert Simmons and continued her love of traveling the rest of her life. She loved poetry,literature, theatre, world politics, sports and discussing ideas which she passed on to her family encouraging everyone to read and never stop learning. She is survivied by her daughter Mary Agnes Brodie, son Ralph (Cheryl) Burton, daughter Patricia (Thomas) Orlando, son Edson (Judy) Burton Jr., daughter Leona Burton, stepdaughter Susan (David) Loesche and loving companion Art Weidman. She was also the beloved "Granny" to 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on December 8th (10:30am) at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, 517 East Washington St. In lieu of flowers contributions would be appreciated in her name to either The Wounded Warrriors: woundedwarriorproject.org or The Hopwood Program University of Michigan: www.lsa.umich.edu/english/hopwood/
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In loving memory of the world's greatest Mom who taught me to read and continue to learn every day of my life. I will miss her and think of her inspiration for the rest of my life.
Patricia was a very special person. I will always remember how she welcomed us in her family with open arms. She will be missed.
To my precious Mom who loved unconditionally,prayed without ceasing and finished strong. I miss you so.
I can't believe we've lost this wonderful vibrant women. She's the one who was always strong for everyone else. She'll be missed very muc
Sunday nights will never be the same...it was always our time to talk and catch up! I miss her terribly already, but I am also comforted that she is in a better place with many loved ones that she has waited so long to see!
She was such a strong woman. I miss her shoulder to lean on, particularly with Aunt Heni. She was always there when we needed support. Gone too soon!
Patty was never a "mother in law' but indeed a mother to me. She loved me unconditionally and never a day went by that she would not tell me so . She gave to me her son to love and cherish forever and at the same time, gave me HER friendship and love, forever. How blessed am I? xoxoxoxo