She was born in Plymouth, IN on August 12th, 1921 to the late Edward Bagley and Mary (Young) Bagley. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Philip H. Simonds. She is survived by her four children: John (Niko) Simonds of White Plains, NY, Naydine “Susie” (Stuart) Shenk of Galax, VA, Karen (Bruce) Bonfiglio of Morriston, FL and Beth Dale of Orange, CT.
Mary also is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her brothers Franklin Bagley, Elwood Russell and sister Beth White and survived by her brother Charles Bagley. She served in the US Naval Reserve, also known as the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), where she met her husband in April of 1943 while both were stationed in Washington D.C. They were married two months later at the Washington National Cathedral. She served in the WAVES from 1942 to 1944.
After raising her four children she was employed as a secretary/bookkeeper by a stockbroker in New Haven. When her husband retired they moved to Galax, VA where they enjoyed living in the Blue Ridge Mountain area for 14 years before moving back to CT in 1992. While living in Galax she was very involved in establishing their local Hospice center.
She was a talented artist and enjoyed watercolor painting. She was an avid gardener with a green thumb, tending to beautiful outdoor plants as well as a large number of orchids that she was quite proud of. She was an excellent cook and baker and loved to share her baked goods with many happy recipients.
The family will have private services, however memorial contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice of CT, 1579 Straits Tpke., Unit 1E, Middlebury, CT 06762.