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Helen "Maggy" Simony

Helen "Maggy" Simony, age 96, died on November 18, 2016. Maggy is survived by her children Stephen (Gwyn) Simony of Atlanta, GA, Christine (Michael) Donovan of Coronado, CA, and Maria (Steven) Agid of Cocoa, FL, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband William (Bill) Simony. She also leaves many local friends and her "bridge ladies" who added much joy to her years in Florida. Maggy was born on March 14, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York to Swedish immigrant parents. She learned stenography after high school and worked as a secretary at several jobs before taking a civilian job with the Army Adjutant General's office in Berlin, Germany at the close of WWII to work as a court stenographer. She met Bill on the troop ship to Europe where he was serving in the Army. They married in 1948 and moved to California where she worked at the Presidio. Maggy and Bill returned to Long Island where she lived until after her husband's death, working as a secretary for the local school district. After retirement, she moved to Meredith, New Hampshire in 1983 before finally coming to Florida in 2004. In the course of her life, she saw Charles Lindbergh land on his return flight from Paris, watched FDR being helped into his car at a rally in New York City, voted in 19 Presidential elections and even worked on Ross Perot's bid for president as an Independent. Politics was one of her passions. Maggy's proudest accomplishment was her "late-in life" occupation of author. Her first book was a book about starting a travel agency (something she did while on LI). She then edited a travel bibliography entitled "Traveler's Ready Guide". Her last book, written in her late 80s, "Bridge Table or What's Trump Anyway?" is, as she described on the book cover, "An Affectionate Look Back at Sociable Bridge and Ladies Lunch". This was a self published book for which she did all of her own publicity eventually landing a story on the cover of the Wall Street Journal. She would tell anyone who would ask that the secret to growing old gracefully is to play bridge and have a cocktail every night, preferably a good martini.

As she requested, a "Martini Memorial" will be held poolside at Morgan Manor on Saturday January 14, 2017 from 2-5pm. Memorial donations may be made to Field Manor, 750 Field Manor Drive, Merritt Island, FL 32953.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Dec. 30, 2016
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