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Yvonne Simon

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Yvonne V. Simon Mrs. Yvonne V. Simon, 92, passed away on October 16, 2010 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. She resided at Simon Lane on Woodford Lake. Her death followed a long and courageous battle with cancer. Known to young people and children as Mimere (Grandmother). Yvonne maintained her painting activities until recently. Born and raised in Clarksburg, daughter of Albert and Zinaid (LaPlante) Brooks, she attended North Adams Schools. She was an active partner with her late husband, Marvin, whom she wed on Feb. 1, 1937, in his land development activities and in the early pioneering of Woodford Lake as a residential and vacation area. Together, they purchased and renovated low rent buildings in North Adams and she became an informal "counselor" to many of her tenants. She and Marvin raised three sets of children. Besides their children David, Maureen and Philip, they raised Mary and Warren McClendon as their own, and following the premature death of a daughter-in-law in 1978, opened their home to grandsons Matthew and Jonathan Simon. She and her husband quietly sponsored a German refugee family after World War II, helping bring them to the United States. Her long deferred ambition to oil paint was finally satisfied through her studies with Mr. DuBerg, a well-known Artist and teacher, in the 1960's. She exhibited portraits, landscapes and still-lifes throughout the area, winning several prizes. She was married for 64 years to Marvin until his death in 2001. Her interest in others, especially those in need continued unabated until the end. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, David and Judith Simon, and Philip and Carol Simon. Her daughters, Maureen Higgins and son-in-law, Ron, and Mary Chalifoux and son-in-law, Glenn. She leaves her grandchildren including, granddaughters, Jennifer Sandquist, Kristin Simon, Jillian Simon, Yvette Chalifoux and Erin Pynes; six grandsons, Matthew and Jonathan Simon, Timothy Higgins and Aaron, Dean and Eric Chalifoux, and six great grandchildren. Her sister, and beloved friend, Lorraine Martin. She is pre-deceased by a son Warren, and her siblings, Oliver, Alice, Rachel, and Jeanette. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME on Wednesday, October 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Thursday, October 21, at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Committal services will take place at the family lot in Southview Cemetery in North Adams, Mass. If friends desire contributions in memory of Yvonne may be made to the Patient Resource Fund at the Southwestern VT Regional Cancer Center through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2010
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