NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Jean G. (Gillchrest) Simmons, 97, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2022, at home with her son David in New Bedford, Mass. She was born in 1925, in Thomaston, Maine, to the late James A. and Eva P. (Demuth) Gillchrest, and was a 1944 graduate of Thomaston High School. She was a graduate of the former Colby Junior College, now Colby Sawyer College in New London, N.H., in 1946.

Upon graduation, she worked as a legal secretary for an attorney in Rockland, Maine, and was a proofreader for the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Mass. She moved to Westfield in 1962 and began working for the Westfield Athenaeum for over 20 years, retiring in 1992 as a staff librarian. Jean was a member of the Westfield Camera Club and the Springfield Photographic Society. Sadly, Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband of 74 years, Richard F. Simmons, in 2021; her granddaughter Lindsay; and her brother James A. Gillchrest, Jr. of Rockport, Maine.

She is survived by her loving children, David A. Simmons of New Bedford, Mass., Scott R. Simmons of Indianapolis, Ind., and Cheryl J. Simmons of South Hadley, Mass.; sister Sally M. Brooks of Thomaston, Maine; her five cherished grandchildren, Matthew, Shannon, Kelly, Samuel and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren, Abigail, Gracen, Emma and Clara. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at 10 a.m. in Pine Hill Cemetery, Western Avenue, Westfield, Mass.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield, MA 01085, firtionadams.com