Frances Elizabeth (Simmons) Neff, 82, a resident of Bridgewater Nursing Home, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Neff was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Bridgewater, and was a daughter of the late Wilmer Eugene and Margaret Elizabeth (Wheelbarger) Simmons.
She graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1946 and was a member of Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren. She was very active within the church and was a member of the Friendship Class for many years. She volunteered with Brethren Disaster Ministries, where she traveled worldwide as a cook for the volunteer teams. Frances and her husband, Saylor, owned and operated the Old Virginia Ham Café for many years and also owned Granny's Attic Antique Shop.
Mrs. Neff traveled extensively to all parts of the world and was a connoisseur of fine foods. Frances also volunteered with the Bridgewater Nursing Home Auxiliary and the RMH Auxiliary. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
On Aug. 31, 1947, she married B. Saylor Neff Jr., who preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1994.
Mrs. Neff is survived by a son, John N. Neff and wife, Linda, of Harrisonburg; a daughter, Suzanne N. Hassler and husband, Doug, of Harrisonburg; one brother, Norris Simmons of Richmond, Va.; six grandchildren, Melody C. Neff, John B. Neff, Josiah C. Hansen, Jacob S. Hansen, Kaitlyn E. Hassler and Abigayle E. Hassler; and a son-in-law, Chris Hansen of Harrisonburg. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gayle Hansen; and two brothers, Herschel Simmons and Garnett Simmons.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Ron Wyrick officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 7 p.m. at the church or at the home of her son, John Neff, at any time. Graveside services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Disaster Ministries, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.
Arrangements entrusted to the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.