Morris “Mo” Simmons passed away at home July 6, 2019, after a courageous and graceful battle with multiple sclerosis and cancer.
He was born to Dorothy Hagler Simmons and Green “Frank” Simmons on October 25, 1950 in Helena, Mt.
Morris was raised in Helena and graduated from Helena High School in 1969. He joined the Navy and served October 1970 to 1974, during which time he proudly served his country in Vietnam for a 9 month deployment as an air craft mechanic on the U.S.S Constellation.
On October 19, 1974 he married his wife of 45 years, Lizabeth “Beth” Simmons in Oak Harbor, Wa. Morris and Beth returned to Helena where he worked at the Clerk and Recorders office on voting machines.
He attended Carroll College for several years before joining the Montana Army National Guard, working as a heavy equipment mechanic. Morris gave 20 years of service and received an honorable medical discharge from the Montana Army National Guard due to his multiple sclerosis.
During his retirement, Mo volunteered almost daily in the Physical Rehab department at the VA Hospital in Helena. He enjoyed his lunch companions and loved and cared deeply for all the people with whom he worked.
Mo enjoyed working on vehicles, fishing and his beautiful woodworking, which included making boxes that held Veterans flags.
Most of all, he enjoyed telling stories and making people laugh and helping anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and Frank Simmons, cousins Bill Morey and Susan “Jo” Hagler, Uncle Donny Hagler and Aunt Harriet Morey.
He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Beth; daughter, Rebecca (Simmons) Baack and her husband Christopher Baack; son, James Simmons; grandchildren Jesse, Lane and Morgan Jones and Rylee Baack and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Words cannot describe how much he will be missed. Thank you to Hospice of St. Peters and the Helena VA Hospital.
No service, per his request.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Morris’ name can be made to Hospice of St. Peter’s Hospital c/o St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601.