Ottis Lee Simmons was born October 11, 1913 in Alton, Florida to the late William and Martha (Peoples) Simmons. She attended Elementary School in O’Brien, Florida. Ottis accepted the Lord into her life at an early age.
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She was united in holy matrimony December 3, 1940 to the late Esix Park Lawrence. Ottis relocated to Rochester, New York in 1942.
In 1943, she joined the New Bethel C.M.E. Church under the pastorate of Reverend F.E. Bell. As a member of New Bethel, she sang in the choir under the direction of Mrs. Margaret Lee. She served under many pastors, and at the time of her home-going, she was an active member of the Stewardess Board.
Ottis Lee was a positive person. She was also an encyclopedia for her family and made it a point to keep in touch with family. She enjoyed socializing, dancing, games and traveling, which she did extensively to places like Rio, Jerusalem, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Paris, Germany, as well as several cruises. She loved solving word puzzles and sewing. She was such an accomplished seamstress that she made her own clothes and clothes for her children and grandchildren. Because of her great love for children, she helped with the care and raising of many children, particularly her special granddaughter, the late Sonja Williams. Ottis was also a lover of animals, with special affection for her beloved pet named “Brownie.”
Ottis departed this life May 5, 2020, preceded in death by: her parents: William and Martha (Peoples) Simmons; 3 brothers: T.C. Martin, John Henry, and William Simmons Jr.; 3 sisters: Ruby Lee, Dorothy Mae, and Lilie Bell. She leaves to cherish her memory: 1 daughter, Odette Ashford Griffin; grandchildren: Lynne, James, Edmond, Ali and Lashanda Huntley; nieces and nephews: Donna Waller, Julia Simmons, Wendy Stewart (Curtis Tillman), Peggy Allen (Miles Green), John E. (Apryl) Simmons, Wayne Stewart, Patricia Allen, Donna Moore, Johnney Allen Jr., Louis, H.W., and Sara Allen, Yashina Patterson and Andrea Simmons, along with other relatives, church family and friends, including a special friend, Bess Chandler.
Visitation and service are private. Interment in White Haven memorial Park. Fairport NY