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Grace Madgeline Bishop Simkins
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Grace Madgeline Bishop Simkins
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Grace Madgeline Bishop Simkins, wife of Joseph Vergene Simkins, departed to the other side of the veil March 7, 2016 at the age of 107. Grace was born to Heber Lafayette and Mary Bennett Bishop in Holden, Utah Nov. 4, 1908.

Grace’s children are Shirley Bea Miller (Jerry), Mary Janice Milne (Dick), Michael (Shanna Rae), Jeannie Boggess (Wally) and Gary Reed (Diana). Grace and Vergene have 18 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband in 1992; also her parents; sisters; and brothers, Grace being the last of many; son-in-law, Jerry Miller; grandsons Daxton Wilde and Tony Boggess; and granddaughter Joni Souverein.

Upon graduating from high school, she attended Dixie College and graduated from BYU with a degree in Elementary Education. Grace’s family lived in Cedar City, and in 1960 she attended CSU to re-certify before moving to Las Vegas, Nev. to continue teaching elementary school until retiring in 1976.

Upon retiring, Grace and Vergene moved to Sandy, Utah. Grace was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, playing piano and leading music. After the passing of her husband, Grace continued to live in her home until she was 103, at which time she moved to Cedar City to live with her daughter, Jeannie.

In July of 2013 after a fall, Grace started rehabilitation and care at Kolob Regional Rehabilitation Center in Cedar City.

Grace enjoys life to its fullest in God’s beautiful earth. Grace’s travels included two trips to Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean and Washington, D.C. Grace’s family is the most important thing to her and made her life complete. At age 95, Grace self-published her autobiography, “Living With Grace,” Grace’s children were by her beside at her departure.

Grace’s services were March 12 at the Hillcrest 2nd Ward, 8735 S. Harvard Park Drive, Sandy, Utah with a viewing that morning, followed by services. Internment was at Mountain View Memorial, Sandy, Utah.

The family expresses the deepest of gratitude to the staff of Kolob Rehabilitation Center for the great concern and care given to Grace. May the voice of mother’s “Hi’s and Hello’s” echo through their halls forever. Thanks to Dr. Corry and the staff at the Cedar City Hospital ICU for the comfort and consideration shown to Grace and the family.

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