Tessa Ann Simmons


Tessa Ann Simmons

1992 – 2014

MainTessa Ann Simmons was born on April 2, 1992 in Wichita, Kansas to Lisa (Burtin) Simmons and Ronnie Simmons. She departed this life on March 16, 2014. Tessa attended Benton Elementary and Circle Middle School in Benton, Kansas. During these years she enjoyed dance, swimming, and trips to Disney World with her family. In 2006, Tessa and her family moved to Edmond, Oklahoma and attended Edmond North High School. Tessa was involved with the yearbook staff and Balto. Tessa graduated in May 2010 and then followed in her late Grandmother Ann’s footsteps as a hair stylist. She attended Duncan Brothers School of Hair Design in Edmond, Oklahoma. She was employed with DK Hair Salon as a stylist.

For the last year and four months she was employed at Schardein’s, where she found her true passion as a product inventory specialist. Tessa was known for her carefree spirit, creative personality, and the ability to put together a wardrobe ensemble in record time and look like a million bucks. She brought laughter to everyone around her with her quick witted humor. Tessa enjoyed time with her family vacationing in Las Vegas, Florida, and summer vacations at Spider Creek in Arkansas.

Tessa is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Bertram E. (Sonny) Burtin, maternal grandmother Lenora Ann Wilson Burtin, paternal grandfather Robert H. Simmons, and uncle Bob Simmons. She is survived and loved by her parents Lisa and Ronnie Simmons of Edmond, sister Taisha (Travis) Tunnell of Benton, KS, brother Tristan (Chelsea) Simmons of Edmond, nieces Ava and Mia Tunnell, grandmother Jean Simmons of Buffalo, MO, uncle Jody Burtin of Owasso, OK, uncle Kelly (Jaci) Burtin of El Dorado, KS, uncle Gary Simmons of Buffalo, MO, and aunt Stacy (Chad) Beckley of Fair Grove, MO, honorary aunt Kyle Osborne of Strafford, MO, honorary aunt Carla Jacks of Wichita, KS, along with a host of other family members and friends who loved her dearly.

A memorial has been established with H.O.P.E. in Oklahoma, 512 Canyon Road, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034 benefitting Gynecological Cancer Research. Funeral services will be 2pm Friday March 21, 2014 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel.

The family would like to thank each and every one of you for your friendship, kindness, and prayers. Tessa will remain forever in our hearts and XXI Forever.

21 thoughts on “Tessa Ann Simmons”

  1. Aimee Esparza

    Tessa was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Sending healing thoughts and love to the Simmons family.

  2. Chloe Flippin

    I have so many great memories with her! She was definitely a free spirit and her personality was addicting! Such a fun and beautiful girl! Prayers for her family and friends!

  3. Brett Courtney

    I didn’t know her, but my sister, Ashton Thomas, did! My thoughts and prayers are being sent out to her and the family! So sorry for the loss of her!

  4. Sweet Tessa was a living doll. She had such an amazing spirit for life. One of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I will miss you so much….working together was above and beyond….you’ll be in my heart forever…..
    Bev xoxo

  5. Cadie O'Donnell

    Prayers out to the Simmons family! Tessa was such an amazing girl, and I’ll never forget all the memories I shared with her on our Florida trips, I looked up to her so much. She was so beautiful and so funny, what I would give for one more trip! Miss you Tess!

  6. Janice Fisher

    Rest in peace sweet angel! My memories of her are fun and happy! She was precious in so many ways! I always loved seeing her at school and at Folk Tales! May Gods peace and love carry you all during this difficult time and may God give you strength and courage for the road ahead! Much love and prayers being sent to you all! Our hearts are broken with yours! We will love her forever! Tessa you will be held in our hearts forever! Prayers!

  7. Debbie Fiddler

    Miss Tessa was such a part of our family that she knew the garage code & let herself in. Many times I came home to find her little bug parked in our driveway. She was one of “my” girls & I treated her like a daughter. We will miss her sweet disposition and beautiful smile. Heaven truly gained an angel. Love you always, Tessa…

  8. Jackie Burden

    Our hearts are heavy and we wish we could take away your pain. Tessa was such a beautiful sweet friend to Ally growing up. We will always have such wonderful memories of her. Please know we are thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time. May she rest in peace and may you always feel her love.

    Mark, Jackie, Ally, Max Burden
    Benton, KS

  9. Tessa gave us such joy growing up with Nicole, i still remember meeting Lisa as Nicole and Tessa were babies, their brothers going to school. I cant think of a birthday party of Nicoles that Tessa was not at all through grade school. Oh the memories. We love your family so very much and chreish the time spent together. I am heart broken for your family

  10. Ronnie & Lisa, I’ve been thinking of All of you this past week and feeling so sad. I will keep you in my thoughts and my heartfelt prayers go out to the Simmons Family. Eternal rest, grant unto Tessa O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.

  11. Stacy Lanier

    Tessa, you were a butterfly, always full of wonder and ready to make those around you smile and feel happy. I am so sorry that you couldnt find your what really made you happy here. I know you rest with the Angels now and that you will keep all those female angels looking fabulous because that is what you were gifted to do.
    May the light within you continue to shine baby girl I will miss you Always.
    To the Simmons family, my deepest condolences go out to you I Pray that you will feel the arms of GOD as he comforts you at this time of grief.

  12. Tom and Michele Tunnell Topeka

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Jon and Pam Gull

    We cannot even imagine the pain of your loss. Just wanted you to know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jon and Pam Gull

  14. Jamie and Nick Clarke

    Nick and I just wanted to say we are so sorry for your loss, and you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Carolyn Munholland

    Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am a friend of Kyle Osborne. Your loss is unimaginable and there are no words to tell you how sorry I am. I lost my 17 year old daughter, Jennifer in a car accident in 2002. She had just finished her junior year at Edmond North. The statue garden in the front of the school I built in her memory. If I can ever be someone you just want to talk to, who will listen, and just be there for you, please let Kyle know. There is no right way to grieve, it is your journey and please just take it one day, one minute, one moment at a time. My heart breaks for you. With deepest sympathy and love, Carolyn

  16. Angelia Barclay Owens

    I can’t tell how sorry I am for you both. My heart is broken. Please know that I am praying for your family. Angelia

  17. Trent Uhland

    Tessa was an endearing and sweet girl. I had the pleasure of knowing her and working with her at Boulevard Steakhouse when she was still in high school. We had a lot of good talks and good times together. I am grateful that our paths crossed in this lifetime and I hope that they will again. I send my sympathy to her family and loved ones in this heartbreaking time. All of us in the Boulevard Steakhouse family will keep Tessa and her family in our thoughts and in our hearts.

  18. Every time I walked into Schardein’s and saw Tessa, she made me smile. She had this impish grin and bright sunshiny personality. I will miss seeing her beaming face. I know how much her friends at Schardein’s will miss her because she was such a precious little gem. Prayers are with her family and friends because I can only imagine what a feeling of loss this is.

  19. Someone who knew her when she was young

    I knew tessa long ago, and when I heard the news I sat down and cried. She had such a happy smile and the world is truly a lesser place without it. Shine on you crazy diamond!

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