Deloris Mae (Hobaugh) Simmons, 93, of Ford City, died peacefully on Sunday, June 20, 2021.
She was born on February 17, 1928, to John Jacob and Bertha (McGregor) Hobaugh.
Deloris graduated from Ford City High School in 1946, and married Paul Lewis Simmons in 1948. She was a member of Ford Memorial United Methodist Church.
In her early years, she was a beautician. After her three children were of school age, she returned to college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in elementary education. She obtained her masters degree in education as a remedial reading specialist. Deloris taught at various elementary schools in the Armstrong School District.
She was a member of many organizations: Delta Kappa Gamma, BPW Kittanning, Armstrong County Clara Cockeral Reading Council, YMCA, and Tiny Tots swim class. Deloris was the activities director at Chateau Village in Bradenton, Florida, and was also the editor of their newsletter.
Deloris loved her husband and family. She enjoyed many years traveling throughout the United States, and taking her grandchildren on summer beach vacations. She and her husband spent 18 winters at their home in Bradenton, Florida, where her family would often come and visit with them. Her other pastime was sitting on the front porch swing on O’Connor Street, and she loved when people would stop and chat.
She is survived by her three children: Sandra Monsilovich of Ford City, Paul Lewis (Cheryl) Simmons, Jr. of Liberty, Missouri, and James Jacob (Dee) Simmons of Ford City; eight grandchildren: Michael (Desiree) Monsilovich, Lisa (Tim) Strimel, Mandi (Steve) Boone, Ryan (Emily) Simmons, Nikki (Adam) Brochetti, Paul Simmons III, Sarah Simmons, and Rebecca Simmons; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Paul Simmons, and an infant son.
Many thanks to Rivercliff Terrace, Rivercliff Annex, and The Ridge at Heritage Meadows for their excellent care during her last years of life. A special thank you also to Amedysis Hospice for their end-of-life care.
Friends will be welcomed from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Welch Funeral Home, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ford Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Christ Rupp Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ford Memorial United Methodist Church. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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