Mrs. Virginia Cooke Simons died on August 29, 2013 at Foulkeways (Gwynedd, PA) after a long illness. Mrs. Simons was born on March 14th, 1923 to Beatrice and Merritt T. Cooke of Philadelphia, PA. She was educated at Springside School and Chatham Hall (VA). Mrs. Simons married her husband, Samuel Stoney Simons, in 1944. They settled in the Philadelphia area where they raised their family. Their marriage lasted 63 years until his death in 2007. She is survived by her five married children (S. Stoney Simons, Jr., Richard C. Simons, Ellen D. Simons, Anne D. Simons, and Elizabeth S. Mittermiller), their spouses, 15 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Simons was an active member of the Garden Club of Philadelphia, an avid reader, a supporter of the arts, and a community volunteer. The main beneficiaries of her work were the Chestnut Hill Hospital, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Springside School. However, her top priority was her family. She was a devoted wife and a loving, generous mother and grandmother. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Chestnut Hill, PA 215-242-2055) at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 5, 2013. A reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall. Instead of flowers, donations may be made to Springside School or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
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