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Elwanda Jean (Green) Simmons

June 12, 1937 ~ March 2, 2022 (age 84)


Elwanda Jean (Green) Simmons was born June 12, 1937, in Matador Texas to James (Jack) C. Green, Jr. and Decima Edna (Faulkner) Green.  She passed away from the bonds of this earth on March 2, 2022, at Lubbock, Texas at the age of 84 years, 8 months, and 18 days.  She was a member of the Wolfforth, Texas church of Christ.

Elwanda grew up in Matador and was married to Gordon Simmons of on February 3, 1953, in Portales, New Mexico.  They spent time in St. Augustine, Florida where Gordon served in the U.S. Navy.  They later made their home in Jal, New Mexico where Gordon was employed with El Paso Natural Gas Company.  Jal became their home for some 25 years and Elwanda worked at the local grocery store, Whitworth’s Hardware, and owned her own restaurant, The Milky Way Drive In, and her own arts and crafts business.  They transferred to Midland, Texas and lived there until retirement.  After retirement they moved to various places, including Roswell and Ruidoso, New Mexico; Big Spring, Texas; Colorado City, Texas; Shallowater, Texas; Matador, Texas; and finally settling in Lubbock, Texas.  Elwanda enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, various forms of arts and crafts including ceramics and painting and was also an avid reader.

Elwanda was preceded in death by her husband of 58 Years, Gordon, in 2011, her parents, Jack, and Decima, and one sister, Christine Green.

She is survived by two Brothers, Jim Green, and his wife Donna of Shallowater, Texas; Tom Green, and his wife Julie of Midland, Texas; two sons, Larry Simmons, and his wife Annette of Yukon, OK; Gary Simmons, and his wife Lisa of Whiteface, Texas; One granddaughter, Vanna Bookout, of Norman, OK; two grandsons, Greg Simmons of Elk City, OK and Hayden Simmons of Roswell, New Mexico; and three great grandsons, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at the East Mound Cemetery at Matador, on March 4, 2020, at 2:00 pm, under the direction of Zapata Funeral Home with Mike Crowley of the Matador church of Christ officiating.

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March 4, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Funeral Home Matador
1314 Main Street
Matador, TX 79244

Graveside Service
March 4, 2022

2:00 PM
East Mound Cemetery
Cemetery Rd.
Matador, TX 79244

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