Ms. Simmons was born in Queens, NY, on June 17, 1932, the second daughter of the late Charles and Lillian (Vaquer) Simmons.
She received her education in Queens, graduating from Grover Cleveland High School. She trained as a registered nurse, graduating from the Metropolitan School of Nursing, and received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattesburgh).
Ms. Simmons enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict and served active duty in Vietnam as a medevac nurse flying in and out of Vietnam, evacuating casualties and bringing them home.
She left Vietnam achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel and received the Air Force Star. Ms. Simmons retired from the US Air Force, relocating to Vermont where she lived until her death.
Upon her retirement, Ms. Simmons worked at the Vermont National Bank and volunteered at the town hall and library. She also volunteered for the Welcome Baby Program and was a very active member of Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church.
Ms. Simmons enjoyed traveling, listening to opera music, knitting, crocheting, was an avid reader, and spending time with her family. She also loved education and stressed the value of a good education to her loved ones.
A devoted aunt and friend, Ms. Simmons is survived by her siblings, George D. Simmons (Betty Ann), Carol Turner (Jack), Gloria Simmons, Edith Slowe (Richard,) and Marylou Simmons; godchildren, Dominick Muscari, Anne-Marie Muscari, and Tammi Morse; her nieces and nephews, Barbara Ann and James Simmons, Kelly Ann Turner Cecchini, Kimberly Turner Arcidiacono, Jackie Turner(John Landry), John Turner (Michelle), Meredith Slowe Muscari (Vincent), Cynthia Slowe Fisher, and Richard E. Slowe Jr.(Debra). She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, friends, and the professional compassionate staff of the Visiting Nurses and Hospice. She was preceded in death by her brother, Philip C. Simmons, and sister, Mary Zader Simmons.
A Mass of Christian death and burial was celebrated Wednesday, April 23, at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church.
Interment will be private. If friends desire, memorial gifts in her memory may be made to the June Simmons Educational Trust Fund at Peoples United Bank in Wilmington, c/o Covey Allen & Shea PO Box 215 Wilmington, VT 05363.
To send the family email condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street, Wilmington, VT.