Doris L. J. (Blunt) Simmons

Doris Josphine Louise (Stevens) Blunt Simmons, 96, transitioned to the home of her Heavenly Father on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at the Charles Gate Nursing Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Otis and Agnes (Johnson) Stevens. Mrs. Simmons received her G.E.D. at the age of 55. Always a very industrious person, she worked at numerous jobs, but the position she loved most was that of Nursing Assistant at the Lippitt Hill Health Center where she connected with the residents of the community and encouraged their use of the health center. After retirement from ten years of service with the Providence Health Centers, she found the time to engage in activities at the Martin dePorres Senior Citizens Center, in addition to working with Project Hope. Doris was a faithful and active member of the Olney Street Baptist Church until health issues caused her to give up her activities with the Flower Guild, Women’s Ministries and regular attendance at Sunday morning services. She was a social butterfly and enjoyed being an active member of the Paragon Club. During her 26 years of residency at Charlesgate South, she served as the Association President from 1993-1995. Doris was a Charter Member of Harriet Tillman Temple #59, I.B.P.O.E. of the world. She rose through the ranks receiving numerous awards and honors, the highest honor being that of Past Grand Daughter Ruler conferred upon her through the National Shrine Department in Washington, DC in 1982. Doris was also affiliated with the Francis Clinton Marching Patrol #1102 Antlered Guard Department. She wore the uniform proudly and marched in step with the Patrol when called upon. Doris was preceded in death by her first husband, Carlton H. Blunt, the father of their five children; her second husband, Charles E. Simmons and one great grandson, Mack W. Qualls, Jr. She is survived by four daughters, Maude Monteiro of Cranston, Marcia Brown and Ann McGloshen of Providence, Charlene Megginson of Lynchburg, Virginia; one son, James Blunt of San Diego, California, thirteen grandchildren eleven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Her funeral and visitation will be held on Friday at 10:30 AM in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL 2555, Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a service to follow at 12:00 PM. Burial will be in North Burial Ground, Providence. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Chapter, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02905 or the Olney Street Baptist Church, 100 Olney Street, Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated.