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Leora Ruby Simmons

February 24, 1925 — June 18, 2012

Leora Ruby Simmons, age 87, a lifetime resident of Cove, died June 18, 2012 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 7th Street in La Grande. Committal and interment will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions to the Cove Senior Meals in care of the Cove Baptist Church or Daniels~Knopp. To sign the on-line guestbook visit

Leora was born on February 24, 1925, the daughter of Roy and Frankie Delia (Ross) Alexander in High Valley, Oregon. She attended grade school in High Valley and then Cove High School. In 1942 she married Lloyd Murchison in La Grande. They lived and farmed in the High Valley area where they raised their two children. He preceded her in death in 1971. She later married Weldon Simmons and he also preceded her in death in 2000. She was a member of the Mt. Fanny Grange and the Cove Sportsman Club. She was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her lawn. She enjoyed cooking and was well known for her pies. She raised vegetable and fruit which she preserved for winter and family. She hosted many holiday dinners and gathering for family.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Delia and Tom Bowman of La Grande and James and Debbie Murchison of Cove; siblings and their spouses, Harry and Mia Alexander of Union and Arizona, Shirley and Dave Fields of Cove and Betty and LaVern Brant of Bend; sister-in-law, Shirley Alexander of Union; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers, Virgil, Ken and Ray Alexander.


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