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SIMMONS , Jessie-May "Jessie, Jay" On November 30, 2012, Jessie Simmons (nee

Ahrens) , a retired Baltimore County elementary school teacher, passed away from complications of a fall. She was married for 63 years to Alan Gleason Simmons, who passed away three years ago. They met and married at the University of Michigan, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with a B.A. in Education in 1947 and subsequently lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, before settling in Timonium. She was the devoted mother of Sharon L. Pohlner and husband Carl, A. John Simmons and wife Nancy, and Peter H. Simmons; dear sister of Dorothy M. Van Dusen and John F. Ahrens and wife Lynn; and sister-in-law of

Shirley Boll; loving grandmother of Shawn Simmons, Jennifer Kuhn and husband Eric, Daniel Pohlner and wife Corinne, Robert Pohlner and wife Rachel, and

Sarah Simmons; loving great-grandmother of Anna and Jaimie Kuhn; Aiden, Grayson, and Harrison

Pohlner; and Emily Pohlner; and aunt of many nieces and nephews. After receiving her M.Ed. from Goucher College in 1963, Jessie began her career as a dedicated first grade teacher at Pot Spring Elementary School, a career which spanned almost 30 years from the school's opening to her retirement in 1990. During her lifetime she cherished family gatherings in the Baltimore area, as well as visits with other family members in Connecticut, New Jersey, and especially Michigan, her birthplace. She and her husband traveled in their RV to all 48 contiguous states; she also enjoyed many trips with her beloved sister, brother, and his wife. She met frequently with a wide circle of treasured friends. An active member of the DAR since 1996, Jessie avidly studied genealogy and American history; she also enjoyed music and movies.
A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jessie's name may be made to either the or Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Dec. 5, 2012
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