Karen Louise Simmons, 52, of Bath, NC, and Wilmington, NC, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2008, in Craven County, NC.
She was born in Yonkers, NY, August 4, 1955, daughter of Louise Baptiste Simmons of Wilmington, and the late James Lionel Simmons.
Surviving in addition to her mother is her daughter, Dana Maria Simmons-Greco of Brooklyn, NY; her brother, Douglas Paul Simmons of Wilmington; a niece, Kristyn Ashley Simmons of FL; and her special friend, William H. "Bill" Hall of Bath.
Karen was an amazing mother and a remarkable woman whose strength and support will be remembered always by her family, friends and those whose paths she crossed. She was a graduate of Smith College and Western New England Law School. She was an advocate for domestic violence victims, and a partner of Hager and Simmons Law Office, P.C. in Wilmington and Bath. Karen was past president of the Business and Professional Women's Club and served on their board of directors. She was a Historical Impressionist who also served on the 64th Regiment of Foot.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2008, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 412 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC, by Rev. Robert J. Kus. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.
Memorial gifts may be made to Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. (see www.domesticviolence-wilm.org to make gifts), or mail to P.O. Box 1555, Wilmington, NC, 28402, or Options to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, P.O. Box 1387, Washington, NC 27889.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
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Published by Star-News from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2008.
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I have just learned of the very sad and tragic loss of Karen. She was my attorney through a painful divorce. Her knowledge, kindness and advice helped me through that difficult time. She was always very willing to help me in any way she could. To her family, her friend Bill, Virginia and Marilyn at Hager and Simmons, and especially to her daughter, whom she spoke of often and was so very proud of... my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort and strength like only he can do. I pray that your loving memories of Karen will bring you peace. I am very grateful that I had the chance to know Karen. May God bless you all.
Kelly Kolander
March 10, 2008
You and your families are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
J. Sharpe
February 14, 2008
I was sadden to here about this tragic loss. I had not yet met Karen, but was a friend and co-worker of Bill Hall. Bill talked about her often. My thoughts and prayers to the family and Bill for your loss.
Bill Littleton
February 14, 2008
Please know that you all are in my thoughts at this difficult time. May your heart be comforted by the memories you have on a personal level as well as by the things Karen did for others to make a positive impact on their life. Karen was my friend and attorney and Bill is my cousin, so this affects me from both sides. Karen was always fun to be around. I remember Karen's smile, laugh and striking eyes. Peace be with you all.
Karen Matthews Snyder
February 14, 2008
We send our deepest sympothy and will continue to pray for the family through this very difficult time. God Bless
Bruce/Juanita Foley
February 14, 2008
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