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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- Kerby Simonds, 81, of Stratton Road died Monday, Nov. 10 at the North Adams Regional Hospital.

She was born Aug. 29, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minn., daughter of Frederick Kerby and Mary (Winning) Comer. She attended schools in the United States and Canada, moving wherever her father, an actor, had roles.

Kerby married John Peebles Boyd in 1943, but was later divorced. She later married David Haskell Simonds (Williams College ‘39) who died in 1996.

In the 1940s she was the assistant to Lois Long, who wrote the “On and Off the Avenue” page in The New Yorker magazine. In the 1950’s she was an advertising copywriter under at Timely Associates in New York City. She worked for the Williamstown News, where she wrote a page called “Village Fair,” which had two columns “Homespun and Serendipity,” as well as various items of local interest. In 1974, she was the publicity director for the Williamstown Community Chest. Also, she was a volunteer at the Woman’s Exchange for 35 years.

Kerby Simonds leaves a daughter, Tracy Boyd of Bridgehampton, N.Y.; a son, David Hamilton Simonds of New York City; four step-children, Christopher H. Simonds, Sarah M. Simonds, Katherine K. Simonds and Michael F. Simonds; two grandchildren, George and Olivia and four step-grandchildren Ann, Katherine, Abigail and Madeline.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Memorial Fund or the Village Ambulance Service through the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St. in Williamstown who are handling the arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 12, 2003
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