WILMINGTON- Simonne M. Holton, 70, a resident of Old Ark Road, died Wednesday, July 11, at Albany Medical Center after a five-year battle with esophageal cancer. Born in Fall River, MA, on April 27, 1948, she was the daughter of Henri and Simonne (Sansoucy) Brouillette. She attended local schools, continuing her education at Saint Anne’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fall River, earning an RN.
In her early 20s, Mrs. Holton came to Mount Snow for a week of skiing and stayed in Wilmington the rest of her life, eventually meeting her husband and raising her two children.
She first worked at Mount Snow’s medical office before moving to the Deerfield Valley Health Center. She earned an APRN degree from the University of Vermont and served the community as a nurse practitioner at the health center for over 20 years. She then served as the director of health at Landmark College in Putney for 15 years, retiring in 2013.
Mrs. Holton was active at Our Lady of Fatima Church and her children’s schools, taking pride in their academic and sporting achievements. She had a lifelong love of the beach--even though she could not swim--especially Point Judith, RI, and in later years, Myrtle Beach, SC. She also loved spending time at the family camp in Jackman, ME. At home in Vermont, she enjoyed long walks, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. She took pride in her beautiful flower gardens though maintaining them was not her favorite activity.
Mrs. Holton’s greatest love was her family, especially her grandsons. She is survived by her husband Skip Holton, of Wilmington, whom she married June 3, 1978; her son Ryan Holton and his wife Karina, of Wilmington; daughter Corey Holton, of Poughkeepsie, NY; brothers Robert Brouillette and his wife Sandra, of Springtown, TX, and Paul Brouillette and his wife Maribeth, of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren Brek and Deke Holton; and nieces and nephews Timothy, Thomas, Todd, Nathan, and Kylee Brouillette, and Brandon Smith.
Mrs. Holton appreciated the excellent care she received at SVRCC and took strength from John Werner’s “Losing Is Not An Option” message that “If you give everything you’ve got, you can’t lose.”
In lieu of flowers and if friends desire gifts in Mrs. Holton’s memory may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC with memo line “Holton-LINAO”), c/o Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.