RICHMOND, Va. -- Shirley Simmons, who hosted CBS 6 "On Your Menu" segments for more than 20 years, passed away Friday morning.
She had recently celebrated her 81st birthday.
Simmons first hosted the weekly cooking segment on CBS 6 News at Noon in April 1992.
Over the next two decades, she prepared hundreds of meals and published two cookbooks.
Her last broadcast was in January 2013.
"She was a grand lady who added sparkle to our broadcast," CBS 6 News at Noon anchor Cheryl Miller said. "People still ask about her. She was my friend."
A visitation will be held Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. at Bennett's Funeral Home on Cutshaw Avenue in Richmond. A funeral service will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. also at Bennett's Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Simmons name to the MCV Foundation Parkinson’s research. (VCU Medical Center, Office of Development, Box 980275, Richmond, VA 23298-0275.Please include "PMDC" and Shirley Simmons on the memo line.)