FLEMINGSBURG — Nila Ray Simons, age 86, passed away peacefully on Sept. 3, 2018, at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

She was born on March 12, 1932, in Fleming County, the daughter of the late Uhlan and Frankie Nell Hurst Evans.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Allen Simons, who passed away in 1985.

She was a longtime resident of Flemingsburg, a teacher in the Fleming County school system until retirement, and a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Survivors include her children, Sharon (Steve) Mitchell, Danny (Alicia) Simons, Mike (Laura) Simons and Tammy (Morris) Jackson; her grandchildren, Eric (Jolena) Mitchell, Patrick (Stephanie) Mitchell, Justin (Kelly) Mitchell, Savanna Simons, Lauren Simons, Sean Michael Simons, Mary Elizabeth Simons, Joseph Paul Jackson and Sydney Jackson; her great-grandchild, Rachelle Mitchell; her sister, Mary Dan (Jay) Day; and her brother-in-law, Charles (Darlene) Simons.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Donald Dean Evans, Clay Evans and Kenny Evans; two sisters, Norma Jean Wagoner and JoAnn Grannis; and brothers-in-law, Charles Wagoner and Jimmy Grannis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church officiated by Rev. Eric Boelscher with burial to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Simons, Eric Mitchell, Patrick Mitchell, Justin Mitchell, Joseph Paul Jackson and Sean Michael Simons.

A Rosary Prayers Service will be held at noon at the funeral home.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Carpenter-Fritz and Vice Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017 . ( or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, (

Carpenter-Fritz and Vice Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.