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Ada Louise Simmons

August 22, 1925 — August 15, 2017

Ada L. Simmons

Aug. 22, 1925 — Aug. 15, 2017

Ada Louise Simmons passed on to the Lord’s presence Aug. 15, 2017, one week prior to her 92nd birthday. Ada was born Aug. 22, 1925, Kelso, to Raymond E. and Grace Pearl (White) Light, and brother Raymond Light Jr.,who proceeded Ada's death in 2004. Raymond Light Sr. was the manager of finance for The Longview Daily News for 37 years.

As a young woman, Ada played classical piano, and was a member of her community concerts, also playing for a local radio. She graduated from R.A. Long High School and attended nursing school at the University of Portland.

Oct.2, 1949 Ada Louise Light married Gerald Day Simmons of Ilwaco, Wash., a deep sea commercial salmon troller, in Ilwaco, wa., where they lived. Ada also shared Gerald’s subsequent participation in lobbying for, and protecting, the west coast trollers and salmon fisheries. Gerald passed away Oct. 1999, one week after there 50th wedding anniversary.

Ada greatly enjoyed her family and looked forward to family events and visits, always with her dog "Lucy". She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Doug Sheaffer of Chinook, Wa.; three grandchildren, Gabe Sheaffer (Solvita) Lake Tapps, Wa., Cicily Brenenstahl Mt. Home, ID, and Eli Sheaffer Ilwaco, Wa.; four great-grandchildren, Kyler, Kaden, Dylan and Ethan; her nieces and nephews; and extended family members, Suzanne Shortman of Ak., and Sandy Rountree of Longview.

A memorial service is planned for Noon Saturday at New Life Assembly Church, 405 1st Ave. N, in Ilwaco.

Contributions may be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society, or your local County Humane Society in Ada’s memory.

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