Helen H. Simmons

Helen H. Simmons, “The Best Irish Nana,” 94, of Seekonk, MA passed away on December 30, 2020 at Hope Health Hospice Center.  Born in Providence on March 31, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Sarah (Ford) Hanley.  After graduating from Mt. Pleasant High School, she worked at the former Industrial National Bank and later as a nursery school teacher at Gordon School in East Providence, RI.

Helen loved watching all sports, especially her New England teams.  She was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing cards, and loved singing, especially while watching the Lawrence Welk Show.  One of her favorite outings was her annual tea party with her daughters at first, then her granddaughters, and then her great-granddaughters.  Her greatest joy was her family who she nurtured with unconditional love and generosity.   She will be missed but always remembered with every sip of tea we drink, every fluttering butterfly we spot, every Guinness we enjoy, and every sports event we watch.

Helen is predeceased by her husband, Bud Simmons and her grandson Scott Simmons.  She is survived by her five children, Lynne Clegg (Steve) of Seekonk, Colleen Colabella (Bovio) of CT, Brad Simmons (Dianne) of Harrisville, Marian Bliss (Jim) of CT, Cindy Cotter (Norman) of Rehoboth, twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Due to covid restrictions her funeral will be private with arrangements by Perry-McStay Funeral Home.  Our family would like to extend our sincere thank you to Bethany House and Hope Health Hospice Center for their compassionate care of our mother.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hope Health Hospice Center, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.


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Steve and Monica Vieira from Riverside, RI wrote on January 13, 2021 at 8:02 am:
'Cindy and Norman, our deepest sympathies for your loss. Love Monica and Steve Vieira
Maggie Neville Holmes from Riverside, RI wrote on January 9, 2021 at 8:33 am:
I am sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman. I worked with Helen in the nursery school at Gordon School and when I moved on to other grades. She was always patient with my crazy ideas, calm and encouraging with the children, and someone you could always depend on. I'm glad she will continue in the love of her family.
Lynda from Rumford wrote on January 5, 2021 at 2:10 pm:
Sorry for your loss. Helen was a beautiful, caring, kind person with a warm heart. I enjoyed working for her and will really miss her, as so many others will. From all her stories I know she had a full , rich life and loved her family deeply. Lynda
Kathy Thibodeau from Seekonk wrote on January 5, 2021 at 11:44 am:
Lynne and Family, Our deepest condolences for the loss of your mom. She sounds like a very special lady, whom I'm sure will be greatly missed. With sympathy, Kathy & Tom Thibodeau
Barbara-Jean Vallante from Rumford wrote on January 5, 2021 at 7:24 am:
Our sincere condolences to the entire Simmons family, especially Cindy, Norman, Tracy and Johnathan. . Mrs Simmons was the sweetest woman. Always a smile and a happy greeting whenever we saw her. May she Rest In Peace. B.J. & Tony Vallante
Helena salvador from East Providence ri 02914 wrote on January 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm:
It was very nice working with your mom.mrs.Helena was a nice lady she love watching tv. And loved her. Grandkids. she going to be missed.
Fred & Roberta Gordon from Seekonk wrote on January 4, 2021 at 7:01 pm:
We offer our condolences to the entire Simmons family. We will never forget that special laugh. Throughout the years, we were blessed to be in her company hundreds of times. She made us smile every time.
Rick Bliss from Brewster wrote on January 4, 2021 at 6:54 pm:
Rick Bliss, didn't know her well, but heard nothing but good and funny stories about her and her husband ,Bud's, family get togethers from daughter Marian and my brother Jim Bliss. She will be missed. God Bless her.