Jill Simmons Walters, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana and a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the age of 70. She was born October 16, 1950 to James I. "Jack" Simmons, Sr. and Margaret Leontine Black Simmons. Jill was the fourth of seven siblings. She is survived by two children, Charles "Chuck" Walters, Jr., wife Heather, of St. Francisville, LA and Angela Walters Lackie of Baton Rouge, LA. Known as their "Gigi", she leaves behind three adored grandchildren, Basia and Balyn Walters and Paisley Lackie. She is survived by her adoptive mother, Geraline Winters Simmons of Covington, LA and four brothers, James I. "Jimmy" Simmons, Jr. of Asheville, NC, Thomas Hal "Tommy" Simmons of Washougal, WA, Timothy Joseph "Tim" Simmons of Baton Rouge, LA, Brad Allan Martin (Lorie) of Covington, LA, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, a sister-in-law (Donna Simmons) and many other beloved cousins. Jill was preceded in death by both her parents, her two sisters, Margaret Ellen Simmons of Coca, FL, Mary Leontine "Teeny" Simmons of Baton Rouge, LA and her brother, Steven Black Simmons of Bogalusa, LA. To know Jill was to love her. She touched everyone that she met with a kind, concerning heart and never met a stranger. She lived by example of faith and cared and loved with no boundaries. She will be dearly missed by many family members and friends. Though it is with heavy hearts, all are grateful and blessed to have known her. We rejoice with her and celebrate her eternal life with our Lord in Heaven. Jill faithfully served at LSU Residential Life and retired in 2016 after being employed with the state for 43 years. Arrangements have been entrusted to Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home & Crematory in Bogalusa, LA. A small service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Ponemah Cemetery in Bogalusa, LA.
Published in The Advocate from Jan. 5 to Jan. 15, 2021.