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Olive May Simms (born Seeley)

Personal

Gender: Female

Date of Death: June 18, 2010

Birth Place: Stratton, ME

Death Place: Framington, MA

Olive May (Seeley) Simms

Olive May (Seeley) Simms, of Natick, died peacefully Friday, June 18, 2010, in Framingham. She was 82 years old. Olive, called Lolly by many of her family, was the beloved wife of Robert Simms. They celebrated 60 years of marriage on Feb. 4, 2010.

She leaves two daughters, Rebecca M. Dowse of South Paris, Maine, and Valerie A. Chase and her husband, Thomas E. Chase Jr., of Gilford, N.H.; a sister, Angie Campbell of Kennebunk, Maine; three grandchildren, Jennifer Curran of Tampa, Fla., Elizabeth Chase of Atlanta, Ga., and Thomas R. Chase of Killingworth, Conn.; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters.

Olive was born and raised in Stratton, Maine. She moved to Natick while in high school, graduating from Natick High School in 1945. From there, she attended Framingham Union School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse in 1948. She was a nurse for more than 50 years, specializing in ob/gyn nursing. Working for Dr. Thomas Paull in Framingham, she helped deliver many local babies.

Her favorite pastimes were working in her gardens, camping and watching the Red Sox and Bruins games. She took great pride in her vegetable gardens, especially her strawberry beds. The roses she tended with such care are still blooming in the flower garden at her Natick home. For many years, she and her family went camping at the Sebago Lake and Moosehead Lake areas of Maine. If a Red Sox or Bruins game was on, everything came to a standstill, as she was an avid fan of both teams. When returning to her hometown of Stratton, she could often be found fishing for brook trout in the local streams.

For many years, while her daughters were in school, she was the local Girl Scout leader of Troop #464. She took her troop on several trips, including one to Washington, D.C., and another to New York City. When she did have quiet time, she loved to crochet afghans, mixing and matching the colors of yarns into beautiful patterns.

Visitations are Monday, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 22, at 11:30 a.m., at Dell Park Cemetery, Pond Street, Natick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., 5th floor, Boston, MA 02110, or the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01702, or the charity of the donors choice.

Published in MetroWest Daily News on June 20, 2010 and online at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home