On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, Linda Rogers Simmons joined her late husband, Robert “Bob” Melvin Simmons, in their beautiful heavenly home.\n\nLinda was born May 28th. As for the year of her birth, well as with any story told by Linda – it’s long one… In rural White County, Arkansas, in the 40s, paperwork was not of the utmost importance. As such, Linda’s birth certificate was issued showing her birthdate as 1940. She always said that was a mistake and the year was 1941. Whether she had 82 or 83 years on this earth, Linda lived a long, full life.\n\nShe was a graduate of Kensett High School in Kensett, Arkansas, and obtained her Associates Degree from Arkansas State University in Beebe. Beebe was also where she married Bob in 1961. They made a home in Jacksonville, Arkansas, until Bob was transferred to work at a new nuclear facility in Russellville in the 70s. In 1976, they adopted their daughter, Heather Julian. They moved into their home just outside of Dover the following year.\n\nLinda, a homemaker for many years, loved to cook. She was always cooking something to share with someone – a neighbor, her church, Dover Cumberland Presbyterian, a community dinner, or the ATU Wesley Foundation. She was also an avid community volunteer. She dedicated countless hours to the Dover Cheerleaders, the Dover United Methodist Church, the Dover Chamber of Commerce’s Ozark Memories Days and Scholarship Fund, and the Dover Parent Teacher Association. Linda was instrumental in the Dover Public Library’s “Buy a Brick” building drive that gave the community a much needed new library facility.\n\nIn the early 90s, she began work for the Dover Primary School’s Migrant Education Program. Her years working at the school were some of her fondest memories (and were the basis of her top 10 most repeated stories). She loved the children that she tutored as if they were her own. Her late husband often remarked that she spent 115% of every dollar she earned buying things for them.\n\nPrior to her retirement, Linda’s life focus expanded to include another love – her grandson, Chris Keith. She and her late husband, Bob, poured their hearts and souls into loving Chris. He is what she was most proud of and time with him is what brought her the greatest joy in life. Her final words were used to share how much she loved him and how proud she was of him.\n\nLinda’s last days were spent In Texas with her daughter, Heather, son-in-law, Rob Julian, grandchildren, Lulu Julian (17), Jack Julian (19), Ben Julian (25), Chris Keith (28), and Chris’ fiancé, Susana Tan. She was still doing what she loved until the moment God called her home – browsing recipes in cookbooks and magazines, cooking when she felt up to it, reading, solving crossword puzzles, and sitting outside with the family dogs, Bella and Bandit.\n\nLinda was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Melvin Simmons, and her parents, Ambrous F. Rogers and Mary Lee Martin Rogers.\n\nThe family extends their sincere thanks to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Cardiac and Cancer teams in Dallas and Fort Worth and the Medical City North Hills Hospital Emergency team in North Richland Hills for their excellent care of Linda.\n\nA celebration of Linda’s life will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 4 at Humphrey Funeral Service, 2801 W Main St, Russellville, Arkansas.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Linda’s memory to either the Dover Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) Scholarship Fund, PO Box 994, Dover, AR 72837, or to the Dover Public Library (popecountylibrary.org/get-involved/give).