Nikki Simmons

Missouri United States
(b. - d. 2015)

Nikki Simmons (Zitting) passed away in Stockton, Missouri, on September 25, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Indiana on September 7, 1971. Nikki graduated from high school in Russellville, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri Columbia, majoring in Missouri history and minoring in music. In 1996, she married Jace Simmons. Later Malone Olivia Simmons, their daughter, the light of their life was born. In 2008, Nikki married James Zitting and gained four more children. Nikki is survived by her husband James, and their five children.

Nikki developed a strong interest in organic gardening and was a “mother nature” type of person. She was a state legislative lobbyist instrumental in decriminalizing midwifery in Missouri. Nikki was an advocate for homeschooling and homeschooled all five of her children. She and her children were active in the Jefferson City homeschoolers group. Music was a large part of her life. She loved to sing and played several musical instruments and taught voice, piano, and guitar lessons. Recently she was teaching herself to play the cello.

Nikki was passionate about life and living. She was a “people” person who was happy, smiling, friendly, and always chasing forward and in the middle of a project or activity. She was an advocate for people’s rights and did extensive work counseling troubled youth, all the while guiding her five children. Nikki was an avid reader and collected many books on varied subjects. She researched everything and could conduct a discourse and debate with anyone. Preparation was necessary if you wanted a debate with her.

Nikki was an active La Leche League Leader and a former Area Coordinator of Leaders in the Missouri area. She was one of the very first La Leche League Leaders who stepped up to begin using the Agreements concept in the early days of distributive leadership for the organization. She will be deeply missed by her fellow La Leche League Leaders as well as everyone who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to La Leche League International, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 850, Chicago,Illinois 60601.