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Frances Ruth (Roberts) Simkulet, affectionately known as Sis, Fran, Junior, Jr, Mother, Aunt, and Grandma, after 88 wonderful years, Junior died at home with family on March 2, 2022.

Frances is survived by one brother, Robert (Jane) Roberts. Her two children, Ken with wife Marye and their daughters Brie Simkulet and fiancé Dave Engle, Crystal and Gary Knaur, Carlye Martinsky, and Caroline Boyd and fiancé Grant Halstrom; Grandchildren Jon Martinsky, Sophia Boyd and Jaxon Jagger Halstrom. Daughter Karen with husband Michael Mans, sons Jeremy Paul Smith and Alexander Rex Smith; Grandchildren Zayden (Kaylee) Smith with fiancé Danielle Starkey, and Taylor James Smith. Niece Shana and husband Don Bashaw, and their children, who were grandchildren of love, Jake, Liz, and Nikki Bashaw. The black blob of a cat Nixie, was the last of a long list of cats in her life. Frances has numerous nieces and nephews, who now have children and grandchildren of their own. Her cousins and their families, plus in-law cousins and families make for a list too long to post here.

She always encouraged the people in her life and loved them all fiercely.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of the Garden, Springfield MO, sponsor of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and Tea House:

Visitation will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Friday, March 11, 2022, at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, 2001 W. Walnut Lawn St., in Springfield. Committal service with full military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m., in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Road, in Springfield.