Mrs. Miriam Glenn Simmons Bennett, age 84, of Marion, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Autumn Care of Marion. Mrs. Bennett was born in the Altapass community of Mitchell County on April 3, 1928 to the late Frank D. Glenn and Mildred Collis Glenn. Miriam graduated from Marion High School in 1945 after which she graduated from Blanton’s Business College. She then served as Secretary and Treasurer for Frank D. Glenn & Son for 25 years. Desiring to obtain her nursing degree, she enrolled in the nursing program at McDowell Technical Community College where she graduated in the first graduating class of the nursing program there in 1977. She ultimately retired from The McDowell Hospital after 23 years there as a nurse. Miriam was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Marion and enjoyed attending the Grace Mitchem Sunday School Class. She was also an active member of Marion Chapter #278 Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron many times during her 47 years of membership. Many other groups benefitted from her membership including Arrowhead Court #23, Order of the Amaranth,which she was a charter member, the Azalea Garden Club and the Door of Hope Circle. She was also a lifelong member of the Democrat Party, of which she was very proud. Preceding her in death were her first husband, Ralph Dean Simmons, and her second husband, Lloyd Douglas Bennett as well as her brother, Wylie Glenn.
Saddened by this loss are her four children, Dean Simmons and his wife Nancy of Taylorsville, Steve Simmons of Weaverville, Susan Vick and her husband David of Marion and David Parkins of Asheville; four grandchildren: Stephanie Lytle, Ashley Vick, Scott Simmons and Jeff Simmons; five great grandchildren; and one niece and three nephews.
A funeral service for will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Marion with Dr. Scott Hagaman officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider the First Baptist Church Music Department at 99 N. Main Street, Marion, NC 28752, or to the American Diabetes Association, Greenville-Spartanburg, NC-SC Office, 16-A Brozzini Court, Greenville, SC 29615.