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Eula Mary Simmons Harold, former chair of the Stephens Music Program, died Monday

By Dani Vanderboegh
August 15, 2012 | 6:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Eula Mary (Judy)  Simmons Harold graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. She was an accomplished cellist. In her 36 years as chair of the Stephens Music Program at Stephens College, she enriched the lives of many.

Mrs. Simmons Harold died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. She was 87.

Journalist Paula Zahn was greatly impacted by her time with Mrs. Simmons Harold, according to the Stephens College's Beyond Stephens blog.

"I had the privilege of studying with Eula Simmons, a Julliard-trained cellist," Zahn said in her blog entry. "She was an extraordinary musician and teacher. I can still remember the glorious sounds coming from the music hall and all of the talent and passion that shaped it.” 

Aside from her own rich musical life, she also enjoyed listening to her first husband's band. Fred and Eula Simmons had many friends through the Lions Club and Junior Chamber of Commerce.

She also enjoyed playing bridge and golf.

Eight years after the death of Fred Simmons in 1995, she married Orval Harold of Dodge City, Kan. They lived at Lenoir Healthcare.

Mrs. Simmons Harold is survived by her husband, Orval Harold; two daughters, Leslie Simmons of Columbia, and Jacqueline Simmons of Overland Park, Kan.; her son, Fred Simmons Jr. of Tokyo, Japan; a stepdaughter, Nancy Kautz of Columbia; five grandchildren, Nathan, Trevor and Max Littlejohn, of Overland Park, Kan., Zachary Beeson of Grandview, and Walter Beeson of Columbia; and four great-grandchildren, Phoenix, Valerie, Kyra and Lydia Littlejohn of Overland Park, Kan.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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