Marcia Louise Simmons Balcom, 70, died Feb.12, 2021, at The Crossing in Baton Rouge, from illness resulting from ovarian cancer.  She was the first child of William and Carmen Simmons, born in Jacksonville, FL, on October 5, 1950.  As an U. S. Navy family, they moved to many postings across the country including Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma and New York.  They came to Baton Rouge in 1963, which became their family’s lifelong home.  She graduated from Istrouma High School in 1968 and began attending LSU.  While life interrupted her college career, she re-enrolled later in life, and proudly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012. 


She worked in a variety of fields, such as accounting, jeweler, model, TV producer and caterer before joining C. J. Brown Realtors in 1980.  She remained a realtor at C. J. Brown, later Latter and Blum, for over 41 years, earning awards as a consistent top tier sales representative.  She often said her career in real estate was made all the more gratifying by working with several generations in families to find the perfect homes.  She known as an exceptional cook, having participated in the Capital Chefs Showcase event for many years.  One winning entry of hers was featured in the Advocate’s Food Section.  She was a colorful and beautiful dresser, always appointed with stylish purses, jewelry and shoes.  A member of St. Albans Church, she was active in many student and fundraising activities, and served as chairman of the Flower Committee for many years.  She loved anything that was fun, like vacationing at the beach, deep sea fishing, LSU football and gardening.  She is well known in her neighborhood for the great parties every year for the Southdowns’ Mardi Gras parade, with great food and a family band, and an outrageously good time at Spanish Town Ball with her family and friends.   


She is survived by her two sisters and their husbands, Lorry (Bill) Trotter of Erwinville and Melanie (Terry) Cormier of Baton Rouge; step sister Connie (Rick) Fauver of Baton Rouge and step brother Rene Simon (Sandra)of West Monroe; nephews and nieces Tim Lee (Kim) of Addis, Brett Cormier of Baton Rouge, Trevor Cormier (Carrie) of Baton Rouge, and Lacey Cormier (Kevin Nuut) of Austin; step nephew Duke (Melanie) Williams of Baton Rouge, step niece Dana (Rick) Robertson of West Monroe; great nephews and nieces Nick Lee, Jordan Lee, both of Addis; Clay Robertson, Rachel Robertson, both of West Monroe;  Zachary Trotter of Bordelonville; Sasha Williams, Malia Williams, Duke Charles Williams, Kayleigh Cormier, and Zoe Cormier, all of Baton Rouge.  She is also survived by a former sister-in-law Carolyn Smith of Baton Rouge, and many dear friends, coworkers and clients who enjoyed her companionship for many years.  She is also survived by her dear friends Karla Swacker, Barbara Candiotto, and Gil Mixon and her Pug, Etta, and Maurice, a cherished songbird.  She was preceded in death by her mother Carmen Glasse Simmons of Baton Rouge, father and stepmother William Gordon (Virginia) Simmons of Baton Rouge, infant niece Jessica Lee, nephew J. J. Trotter, step niece Christie Williams, and dear friend Becky Mixon.  She is also preceded in death by many dogs and other pets, who she often said will be the first thing she will see in heaven.


A private memorial service will be held at the St. Albans Episcopal Chapel Fr. Drew Rollins presiding.  Due to Covid restrictions, attendance at the service will be limited.  Interment of her remains will be a private ceremony.  To further the good work she loved, and honor her memory, donations can be made to the St. Albans Flower Committee, 5291 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA  70802, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center 4950 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, Companion Animal Alliance 2550 Gourrier Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820, or Cancer Services 550 Lobdell Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.


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