Obituary: Neighbors loved Muriel Simmons, dealers didn't

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 11:05 PM
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dalliciousJan. 25, 1310:31 AM

Steve, thank you for writing about our beloved Muriel. When I bought a house near her in 2004, she "recruited" me just like that, saying our neighborhood needed me. The very next day, I received an event invitation, so I knew she meant business! She encouraged me to become a block club leader and over the years, every time I called her, despite her physical limitations, she'd say, "tell me what needs doing and let's get it done!". She was ALWAYS game for positive efforts. She taught me about door knocking, neighborhood politics, how to engage neighbors and tons more. Since I started Bridging Minneapolis - The Phillips West Project, she's been so supportive and encouraging and always down for whatever I asked her to do. I know I'm not alone in saying that Muriel changed my life! From our first meeting, she looked me in the eye and called me to step up and DO more, to BE more. She told me I was needed and then she held me and pushed me, laughed with me and comforted me...I'm grieving her loss terribly and longing for just one more afternoon with her, but I have to put my selfishness aside and say, well done, my friend! Here's to a life well lived!

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