By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
5:10 PM EST, November 16, 2012
Barbara L. Simmons, a former longtime Ruxton resident who was a volunteer and gardener, died Nov. 8 of respiratory failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 89.
The daughter of an investment banker and a homemaker, the former Barbara Levering was born and raised on Ruxton Road in Ruxton.
She attended the Bryn Mawr School and graduated in 1941 from St. Timothy's School, which at the time was in Catonsville.
During World War II, she was a Red Cross volunteer and later taught kindergarten at the Calvert School before her marriage in 1950 to Julian Simmons.
The couple lived for many years on Chestnut Avenue in West Towson.
Mr. Simmons, who had been director of public relations for the Mercantile Bank and Trust Co., died in 1991.
A gardener and flower arranger, Mrs. Simmons was a member of the St. George's Garden Club and often entered floral competitions.
She volunteered at Historic Hampton, Inc., the Presbyterian Home and the Maryland Historical Society. She had served on the board of the Towson YMCA.
"She was a prolific needlepointer, filling her children's home with pillows, bell pulls and elaborate rugs, some of which she designed with her husband," said her daughter, Barbara Simmons "Barrie" Barnett of Annapolis.
Mrs. Simmons, who had a second home in St. Michaels, was a member of the Harbor Club in Easton.
She was a longtime member of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Simmons is survived by two sons, Dr. Julian Thayer Simmons of Baltimore and John Symington Simmons of Torrington, Conn.; and seven grandchildren.
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