Wanda (Horn) Simmons
1933 - 2019
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Wanda Sue Coffman was the youngest of four children born to Lemuel W. Coffman, a roughneck oil rig worker, and Laudra Coffman. Raised in Holdenville, Oklahoma, her family relocated to Southern California, escaping the dust bowl era and eventually settled in Fullerton, CA. She was on the cheer squad at Fullerton High School and won the the title of Miss Fullerton. She was married to future Olympian and Coach Robert Horn in 1952 for 32 years, and raised two sons in Manhattan Beach, Jeff and Greg.

She played not only beach volleyball, but also 6 man indoor volleyball. She was a successful realtor in The South Bay for over 30 years. Later in life Wanda played tennis and through mutual tennis friends, met Pete Simmons, whom she married in 1991 until his death in 2008.

As fate would have it, Wanda later reconnected with her longtime friend, Ed Illsley. She moved to oceanfront property in Carslbad, CA and they were devoted to each other until his death in 2017. Wanda returned to the South Bay to be close to family in 2017. She is survived by her older sister, Peggy Staggs, her two sons Jeff and Greg Horn, four grandchildren, three stepsons, Tom, John, and Bob Simmons, nieces, nephews, and loved ones.

A celebration of her life will be held at her home in Manhattan Beach on August 25, 2019 from 12 - 4pm. Please RSVP to celebration.wanda@gmail.com, or Jeff 310-259-1033.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Aug. 8, 2019.
Celebration of Life
12:00 - 04:00 PM
her home
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August 18, 2019
Oh, what beautiful memories I have, growing up on 29th St. and having the Horn family as friends neighbors! Wanda was beautiful inside and out. She will surely be missed.
Janis Gomme-Campbell
August 12, 2019
Auntie Wanda, affectionately called by our family was my baby sitter at times in 1949-1951. I recall riding in Uncle Bobs car with her and singing old songs! She had a spontaneous laugh and we had fun times. I will miss visits I had when in So. Cal.
Much love, Maja Boren
Maja Boren
August 12, 2019
Auntie Wanda, affectionately called by our family, will be remembered by me as a special aunt in my early childhood.

Before my sis, Susan, was born I had her as baby-sitter, 1949-1951. I recall riding in the car with her and Uncle Bob singing old songs together. Sometimes they would play ukuleles and we'd sing.

In recent years I would get little visits when in southern CA. that meant much to me.

Much love, your cousin, Maja Boren
Maja Boren
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