Laura Virginia Hammond Simonson, long time Cherry County resident

Laura Virginia Hammond Simonson, a long time resident of Cherry Country passed away November 15, 2012, at Good Samaritan Village, Hastings, Nebraska.

Laura was bom July 28, 1923 in Mullen, Nebraska to Elmer and Allie (Pearl) Hammond. Laura was the third of four children and was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings Gladys Howard, Eva Canida Wallace and Jack Hammond. Laura was raised on her parents homestead in the southwest comer of Hooker County and walked one-­half mile each way to school through the 8th glade before attending Mullen High School.

Laura married Bill Simonson in Alliance, Nebraska on November 3, 1941. Together they raised six children on the ranch north of Mullen in Cherry County. Her husband Bill preceded her in death in 1986, and one son, Russell in 1979, as well as three infant granddaughters.

For many years Laura raised a huge garden and many chickens. She loved finding sand cherries on the hillside and her jelly was a gift to her friends, family and grandchildren many times over. Laura's greatest love was her family, the ranch and her cows. She was known for her good cooking, especially her fresh bread, caramel rolls, potatoes, fried chicken and rare roast beef. No one ever left her home hungry nor did she ever leave home without taking food wherever she went.

Laura was a member of Winìfred Chapter #292 Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years and served in many capacities. She joined the Sunshine Chapter# 261 in 2007 and proudly kept every receipt from both chapters and a Past Worthy Matron certificate dating back to 1963 and 1974.

For several years she worked at the drugstore in Mullen and the school lunch program while the youngest children went to school in town. After Bill died she stayed on the ranch until 2005 when she moved to an apartment and later an assisted living in North Platte. In December of 2009 Laura's health deteriorated and she moved to a nursing home, Good Samaritan Village, in Hastings.

Laura is survived by five of her children, LeRoy Simonson of North Platte, Karen (Butch) Freeze of Hershey, Janice (Butch) Barnason of Hastings, John Simonson of Mullen and Harlan (Sharon) Simonson of Ainsworth, 13 grandchildren,14 great-grandchíldren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Laura will be at the United Methodist Church, Mullen, Nebraska on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. MST. Visitation will be Monday, November 19, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mullen Funeral Home. Laura's family will be present to receive friends.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice, Mullen Rest Home, Good Samaritan Village, or Order of the Eastern Star, Sunshine Chapter No. 261 in Thedford, Nebraska.

Mullen Funeral Home, Mullen, Nebraska, in charge of arrangements. 308-546-2260

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