SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 24, 2013

Jane P. (Shea) Simmons, 90


Moultonboro, NH, formerly of Salem — Jane P. (Shea) Simmons, 90, wife of the late Ernest J. Simmons, of Moultonboro, N.H., and formerly of Salem, Mass., died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at home.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Bartholomew and Mary L. (Craven) Shea.

She attended Salem schools, graduating from Salem High School, Class of 1941. Mrs. Simmons received her bachelor's degree from the Salem Teacher’s College, Class of 1945, and then began teaching in a Beverly nursery school, and later taught in Salem’s elementary schools, including the Pickering, Bowditch and Carlton schools.

Mrs. Simmons enjoyed reading and knitting and found the most joy spending time with her grandchildren.

Once she moved to Moultonboro, Mrs. Simmons became very active with the local Meals on Wheels in Meredith, N.H. There wasn’t a responsibility she wouldn’t accept, from answering the phones, cooking food, or helping a visitor, she was always there. She also enjoyed the many good friends she had made.

She was the devoted mother, sister and grandmother to three sons, Paul and Mark Simmons of Moultonboro, and Brian and his wife, Jeanne Simmons of Beverly, Mass.; a sister, Margaret L. Powers of Hopkinton, Mass.; two grandchildren, Kelly and Beth Simmons of Beverly; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, David Simmons, and three sisters, Mary Goldkamp, Elisabeth Shea and Ellen Callahan.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m., from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St, corner of North Street, Salem, to be followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m., in St. James Church, 156 Federal Street, Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visitation will be prior to the funeral, from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, or volunteer opportunities, may shared with Meals on Wheels,1 Circle Dr., Meredith, NH 03253. To sign the guest book, or for additional information, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.