Grace Evelyn Simmons, 95, a resident of Atlantic Highway and former longtime resident of Bremen, died Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport after a period of failing health.

Grace was born Dec. 25, 1915 in Revere, Mass., the daughter of Allen Carlton and Winifred Alberta shepherd Brown. At a young age her family moved to Bath, where she attended Morse High School.

She married Lester I. Simmons, and made their home in Bremen for 44 years. The wife of lobsterman, she helped her husband tend his traps, care for his boat and made the family home a special place to be. As her children grew up, she also took on jobs at the many sardine factories in Rockland packing fish for more than 10 years, and made wreaths during the holidays to earn a little extra spending money for gifts for her children and grandchildren.

She is a former member of the Bath Baptist Church, most recently attended the Boothbay Community Fellowship. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, sewing embroidery gifts for family members on birthdays and Christmas, and kept busy entertaining friends and family.

Grace is predeceased by her husband Lester I. Simmons, who died in 1981, a son Hugh Craney, who died in 2000, brother Carlton Brown and sister Margaret McCarron, son in law Franz Pease, and special friend Ruth Pease.

Survivors include her sons Allen Craney of Tenants Harbor, Raymond Simmons and his wife Carol of Damariscotta, Ira Simmons of South China and his wife Kristine, daughters Margaret Brown and her husband Randal of Waldoboro, Eugenie Pease of Appleton, Winifred Reed of Bath, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and special friend and Bridie Collamore also survive.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. from the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. Waldoboro, where a celebration of Grace’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Bremen.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Pine Tree Society P.O. Box 518 Bath, ME 04530 in Grace’s memory.

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Arrangements are entrusted to the Hall Funeral Home 949 Main St. Waldoboro.