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Nancy G. Simson

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WEST ARLINGTON -- Nancy G. Simson, 94, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at her home in West Arlington, with her son John and daughter-in-law Nancy at her side. Nancy lived in her house on Route 313 for 41 years. Her late husband, J. Donald Simson, predeceased her in 1974.

She was born Dec. 19, 1909 in Spokane, Wash. and lived in San Francisco and San Diego, Calif. as a child. As her maternal grandparents lived in Gloucester, Mass., she made several cross-country train trips to visit them, and a final journey after her parents died in the 1919 influenza epidemic, when she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Hester and Guy Gammon, who lived in Paterson, N.J.

She attended schools in Paterson and graduated from teachers’ college in 1928. She taught school in New Jersey and later in Gloucester, where she met her husband, Donald. They were married on New Year’s Eve in 1937 and lived in the Boston area, where his business was located.

In 1963, the Simsons moved to West Arlington. An avid gardener, Nancy was an active member of the Arlington Garden Club for many years. She also served as a trustee of the Martha Canfield Library and worked there as a volunteer until a few years before her death. For many years, she served on the religious education committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship in Boston and wrote a newsletter that was sent to children all over the world.

Nancy introduced hundreds of area residents to the hobby of backyard birdwatching through her column, “Bird Notes,” that appeared regularly in the Vermont News Guide for 30 years. She was also well known for her illustrated talks to seniors and school groups about birding. A lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, she was thrilled to see the 2004 team triumph in the playoffs and the World Series.

Her son, John G. Simson, and daughter-in-law, Nancy B. Simson of South Burlington, and her grandchildren, Carrie R. Simson of Seattle and Sarah B. Simson of San Francisco, survive her.

The family wishes to thank all those who made her last years so comfortable and pleasant: her dear friends Phyllis and William Skidmore, Joyce Ericksen and Marge March; the Manchester Health Services, especially Barbara Duffany; her helpers Holly Townsend, Brenda Streiber and Jonathan Hoyt; and her neighbors Dick and Skip Stroffoleno.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington on Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. Gifts of remembrance may be made to the Manchester Health Services, the Arlington Rescue Squad and the Martha Canfield Library.

To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Arlington Chapel, Route 7A, Arlington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2004
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