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Joyce Phillips Simmons

Joyce Phillips Simmons

Female 1937 - 2020  (~ 82 years)

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  • Name Joyce Phillips Simmons 
    Born Aug 1937  Groton, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Jan 2020 
    Person ID I167333  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2022 

    Father Hiram Irving Simmons,   b. 15 Jun 1903, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1998, Independence, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Florence Fenella Whipple,   b. 22 Dec 1902, Ledyard, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1988, Independence, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 9 Apr 1927 
    Family ID F12106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hartland G. Donley,   b. 3 May 1933,   d. 11 Jan 2017, Greenfield, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F63603  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Guy James "Jim" Tice, Jr.,   b. 2 Apr 1932, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 2016, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Family ID F63595  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ralph Henry Bessmer,   b. 21 Jan 1944, Independence, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 2012, Independence, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 26 May 1978  Independence, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F63596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 George Michael Kuhn,   b. 18 Nov 1953, Independence, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 2001, Independence, Jackson, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Family ID F63594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Aug 1937 - Groton, New London, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 May 1978 - Independence, Jackson, Missouri Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: "Angel of the Arts: Joyce Phillips Simmons Kuhn, August 1937 - January 2020," email from Felicia D. Roth (email hidden) to Weldon Whipple, 5 Jan 2022.
      Civic Leader, Wonderful Educator/Professor, Remarkable Director, Creative Arts Advocate, Talented Actress/Singer,
      Dedicated Mind, Unwavering Spirit, Gracious Soul, Joyful Minister, Dear Friend, Loving Mother

      Joyce Kuhn's incredible life and career was full of vast accomplishments, creative energy and wonderful adventures. Joyce had heartache, yet her positive unwavering spirit earned her great respect because of her gracious, kind, hardworking, dedicated and loving nature. A shy girl born in Groton Connecticut in 1937 to Florence F. Simmons, a poet and Author and Hiram I. Simmons, a compassionate Hospital Chaplain. Joyce Phillips Simmons moved with her parents to Independence Missouri in 1942 and graduated from Christman High School in 1955. She Blossomed into a dynamic woman that started out as a young journalist, singer & actress while attending Universities & The New England Conservatory of Music. She became a wonderful Professor of Speech Communications & Drama at UMKC, CMSU, Penn Valley, Avila & Longview Community Colleges. She created "Cosmic Theater" at CMSU, Backstage at BoBette's Dinner Theater and The Courtyard of the Arts with her daughter .... Joyce directed hundreds of plays that brought adventure and joy to her patrons. She developed Longview Actor's Guild and their first Black Box Theater and Arts Center on campus.

      Her civic leadership greatly impacted Jackson County & beyond. Joyce worked on projects with Multiple Mayors of Independence Missouri and beyond to advance the arts and develop community events. Joyce Kuhn was the Arts Commissioner of Independence Missouri, President of the Cultural Arts Coalition & Community Association of the Arts while serving on many boards of Directors such as the Kansas City & Independence Symphonies. Joyce assisted in revitalizing Kansas City's Urban Core while working at the Black Economic Union in the 1980s and running her business JK Communications.

      Joyce was a Minister in her church and a true blessing to the community, her students, family and friends. She found the best in everyone and was supportive of their dreams. She left for her new adventure on January, 22 2020 while in the loving care of her family. She is deeply loved! God Bless her always!



      !SOURCE: Missouri, U.S., Marriage Records, 1805-2002 - ancestry.com, cited 10 Jan 2022 (marriage to Ralph Henry Bessmer).


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