Morna Lee Simonson
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Morna Lee Simonsen, age 81, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at her residence in Yankton.

A memorial service will be 11:00 AM on Monday, June 23, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Lund officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton at a later date. A gathering of friends and family will be from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Morna Lee Simonsen was born, April 8, 1933 in Yankton, South Dakota to Bill and Violet (Poulsen) Pickering. She grew up on the farm outside of Yankton and attended Hillview Country School District 12. She played the piano by ear and performed with the Pickering Sister Trio. She worked as a fountain clerk at Wallbaum Drug Store in Yankton and in 1947 became the president of Y.C.L. She married Tommy Simonsen on July 15, 1951 in Yankton. After their marriage they lived in Yankton and Morna raised their three children. She continued to play the piano and performed in the Ramblers Band throughout the area. After her children were grown, Morna began working in Yankton, at the Lil' Duffer Drive In and later at Rexall Drug in the gift shop, which she continued for many years.

Morna loved visiting with people and was well liked by everyone she met. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards with her family and friends, boating on Lewis and Clark Lake on their Chris Craft wooden boat named The Morna Lee, and especially traveling with her sisters; including many trips to Europe and Hawaii. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton and the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include her son, Chip Simonsen of Yankton; daughter, Pam Simonsen of Yankton; granddaughter, Erika (Tommy) Pirchio of Washington D.C.; great grandson, Matteo Simon; close member of the family, Bob Billesbach of Yankton; three sisters: Wilma Shore of Fresno, California; Shirley Coburn of Fresno; and Jackie (Tommy) Harmon of Clovis, California; brother, Larry Pickering of Fresno; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Tommy in 1993; daughter, Teresa Simonsen; and brother, Rue Dean Pickering.

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Pam, Chip and family -

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Morna was such a wonderful person who lit up a room with her warm smile and personality.

Love, Kim and Bob Dickson

Aunt Morna, you will be missed.

Pam, Chip and Erika - I love you and wish I could be there with you.

Love, Russell Covey

Pam, Chip and family,

We were very sorry to hear about Morna. God Bless All Of You. Our Deepest Sympathy.

Duane & Jan Wittmeier

Our prayers go out to you Chip and Pam and your family on this very sad day! She will always be with you in your heart and memories. God Bless

Nancy and Trent Nelson

Pam, Chip and Family,

I have many fond memories growing up down the street with the Simonsen Family. Morna was a precious lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love You Guys,

Pat & Jean Freismuth

Dear Erika,

I am so sorry for your loss, and that I can't be there with you today. I want to see you and give you a big hug! Christina and I have been having long text conversations, and enjoying all the memories of the time we spent with you, your parents and your wonderful grandparents! Wow-seems like a long time ago! On behalf of the whole Elder family, we send you sympathy, and love, and hugs!

Kathryn (Elder) Reimler


We were so glad to have gotten to Yankton to visit with you the day before you passed away. To Wilma. Chip, Pam and all the family: our deepest sympathy to you.

Sara and Larry Souhrada

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