Elizabeth 'Betsy' Simmonds
Whitinsville, Mass. — Elizabeth M. “Betsy” (Mitchell) Simmonds, 89, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after an illness.
Her husband of 67 years Earl H. Simmonds passed away Sept. 27, 2009. She is survived by a son Norman E. Simmonds of Douglas, Mass.; a daughter Susan E. Lewis of Whitinsville, Mass.; four grandchildren Deborah, Kaitlyn, Amanda, and Joshua; five great-grandchildren Keith, Sam, Drew, Kenny, and Nikole; a great-great-grandson on the way; a sister Mary-Hylda “Mickey” Schwarz of Hockessin, Del.; several nephews, nieces, and many good friends. She was predeceased by her sister Anne Terra.
Born in Cambridge on June 8, 1923 she was the daughter of Norman J. and Hylda (Haynie) Mitchell and lived in Whitinsville the past two years, previously living in the Newton and Natick area for more than 35 years. She also lived in Friendship and Rockland for 27 years.
Mrs. Simmonds worked as an assistant treasurer for the town of Wayland for 15 years; previously she had worked at the Newton Waltham Bank and Trust Co. for many years. She retired in 1983. She was a graduate of Newton High School, class of 1942 where she was a noted athlete in gymnastics, swimming, and tennis. A very social person, she had a wonderful sense of humor. She spent her entire life vacationing in Maine and was able to retire there with her husband. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Friendship, where she served as their treasurer. She also belonged to the Trinity church in Newton.
She was a member of the Martin’s Point Association in Maine and volunteered at Pen Bay Medical Center. She was a member of the Northbridge Seniors and loved to play bridge. She also enjoyed gardening, cocktail parties, and spending time with her family. She served briefly in the U.S. Marine Corp. during World War II.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 at noon at the Friendship United Methodist Church, 24 Maine St., Friendship, ME 04547 with the Rev. Robert Dorr officiating. Burial with military honors will take place at the Village Cemetery in Friendship.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St #4 Watertown, MA 02172 in memory of Elizabeth’s husband Earl Simmonds who fought with this disease. Donations may also be made to the Friendship United Methodist Church, 24 Maine St., Friendship ME 04547.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and cremation services, 949 Main St Waldoboro, ME 04572. You are invited to share your condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com.