Tessa 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.
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