Anne M. Simmons, homemaker

Anne M. Simmons, a homemaker, educator and artist, died Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of complications from a fall.

The longtime Severna Park resident was 88.

A daughter of a salesman and homemaker, Anne McKay was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park and Severna Park.

After graduating from Annapolis High School in 1939, she attended Goucher College and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She was married in 1951 to William W. Simmons, who owned Fawcett's Boat Supplies in Annapolis.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Simmons taught at the Woods Memorial Preschool and the old Wroxeter-on-the-Severn School.

Mrs. Simmons was active in civic affairs and had been an active member of the League of Women Voters, where she worked on an Anne Arundel charter government proposal. She was a longtime member of the Anne Arundel County Library Board, playing an instrumental role in the building of the Severna Park branch.

She also was active with the Historic Annapolis Foundation and had been a docent at the William Paca House in Annapolis for many years.

With her husband, Mrs. Simmons enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay and traveling worldwide by ship. She was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, Gibson Island Club and the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron.

Mrs. Simmons was a pastel artist and rose gardener. She also liked cooking, entertaining, reading and playing bridge.

Mrs. Simmons moved to Mallard Landing, a Salisbury retirement community, in 2005. She had lived for more than 50 years in Severna Park's Linstead neighborhood, where she had been active with the Linstead Community Association.

She was a member for more than 60 years of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, Mrs. Simmons is survived by a daughter, Deborah E. Fitzgerald of Severna Park; and five grandchildren. Her son, William McKay Simmons, died in 2010.

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