Simmons, Barbara Brill
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Jan. 2, 1932 - Aug. 3, 2014
Barbara Brill Simmons passed quietly away at her home on August 3, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her husband, four children and sister were by her side.
She was born in Santa Fe, NM on January 2, 1932 and grew up in Denver, CO. She earned a BFA in oil painting from Tulane College in 1955 and shortly after married William W. Simmons. Will was a Navy flight surgeon and consequently, Barbara became an expert at packing their household and four children for the frequent moves. She still found time to paint on canvas, but more often was painting walls.
Barbara was a woman of many talents. While still in high school she won many awards for designing and sewing her own dresses. She made her own wedding dress and her kids always had the best Halloween costumes in town.
In 1970 she took a course in pottery and found a new passion. The years she spent at the Glen Echo Park pottery studios, where she was in charge of loading and unloading the kiln, were some of her happiest. In the past few years, she found much joy painting with her water color group here in Sarasota.
In addition to her artistic talents, she enjoyed singing and playing her beloved Martin Guitar. And she could whistle - on three-note melody in particular to let us kids, the cats and her husband know when it was time to come home!
After Will retired, they moved to Sarasota. To escape the summer heat, they traveled extensively, both abroad and in their RV. Barbara was active in the folk community (especially Friends and Florida Folk) and St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Her quirky sense of humor will be missed by all.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, four children, Marcus Lee Simmons and his wife Becky, Mylinda S. Woodward and her husband Kirby, Mindy Lou Simmons, Marsden W. Simmons and his partner, Annie Murphy and her sister Bridgie Brelsford. She is "Granny Rainbow" to her seven grandchildren and also leaves several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 8, 2014 at St. Boniface Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to either Glen Echo Pottery, Maryland www.glenechopottery.com or the Healing Mission at St. Boniface Episcopal Church.
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Published in Herald Tribune from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2014