Mary Simmons |

Mary Simmons

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Mary Simmons, 95, of Glenwood Springs passed away peacefully in her home on April 29, 2012. Mary was born in Glen Ullin, North Dakota, on May 9, 1916, and grew up in Montana. From an early age her faith and religious beliefs played a significant role in her life. She attended college in Idaho and nursing school in North Dakota. She was working at Swedish hospital in Seattle, Washington, when World War II started.

She joined the Navy as a flight nurse and was eventually based in Guam. She loved being a flight nurse and serving her country. She also enjoyed sharing many stories of her experiences during the war. At one point she landed in Okinawa, Japan, and was shot at as she pulled the wounded soldiers from the battlefield and on to the transport planes. After the war ended, she returned to college in Pasadena, California, where she met her husband, Clayton. They were married for 56 years until his death in 2003.

Clayton was a lawyer, but they also owned a motel where they worked side by side and raised two children, Mary Margaret and John, who helped in the family business.

As a family, they would often vacation in Glenwood Springs and eventually moved there and developed what is now the Best Western Antlers motel.

Mary’s religious beliefs and her faith significantly influenced her life, and you could always count on her reading her Bible or other religious books for an hour or two every day.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Margaret of Lyme, New Hampshire, her son John, of Seattle, Washington, her sister-in-law Carolyn Duke of Vernal, Utah, her niece Judy Vierra of Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as several other nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Rosebud Cemetery where she will be buried next to her husband, Clayton. All who knew and were touched by Mary’s life are welcome.

We are so glad your landing was gentle, sweet mother.

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