Doris Evelyn Simmons, aged 91, passed away on May 18, 2020 due to complications of COVID-
19. Born on August 2, 1928 in Mt. Vernon, Westchester, New York. Doris married a young
soldier, John “Jack” Simmons two weeks following their engagement due to Jack’s deployment
to the Korean War. Jack & Doris were married for 55 years raising a wonderful family together
before Jack’s death in 2006.
Doris loved her family and is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law; Dianne & Rick Grab of
Ridgewood, NJ and Jeff & Wendy Dropkin of Waterville Valley, NH; a son and daughter-in-law
Scott & Cynthia Simmons of Myrtle Beach, SC. Her son, Steven Simmons, preceded her in death
in 2019. Steven’s surviving wife Claire Simmons of Raleigh, NC. Nine grandchildren; Christina,
Geoffrey, Mathew, Kyle, Christopher, Ryan, Jessica, Casey and Adam. Four great grandchildren;
Alex, Eva, Fritz and Greta.
Doris was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced
every moment with them. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren
often taking great delight in the intricate details of their daily lives. Grandma always had one
more question to ask.
Her faith was an important influence in the way she lived her life. Her spiritual life began in
nursery class and laid the foundation for her faith.
Doris had many hobbies which included; gardening, ceramics and knitting. Doris and Jack
introduced their family to the sport of skiing. Doris and Jack founded the Flow Ski Club where
they led annual ski trips to Italy and Switzerland. Doris was a die-hard New York Yankees fan.
Doris was also an avid reader and recently became a fan of Audible Books.
The following excerpt was written by Doris a few years ago, “Is the world a better place
because I was here? I didn’t shake the world. I leave no lasting statues, books or music. What I
have accomplished is my offering to the world of my four wonderful children, 9 grandchildren
and four great grandchildren, each one a special person, unique in his or her own way. The
work goes on!
A family celebration of life will be planned in the future. Donations in Doris’ name can be made
to West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ.
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