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Obituary: Maxine Simons, age 88, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Maxine Simons, age 88, of South Main Street passed away on Saturday February 15, 2020 in Wilmington, NC. She was born on January 25, 1932 in Erie, PA. to the late Max and Evalina Brown Filler. On July 22, 1950 she married Willam “Bill” Simons who predeceased her on September 17, 1993.
Maxine was a life-long resident of the area who graduated from Andover Central High School. She was a stay at home mom who was involved in her husband's agricultural enterprises. In addition to raising six children they raised chickens, corn, beans and cabbage. Eventually they started Simons (known to the family as The Stand) on South Main Street where they sold fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. To this day The Stand is still in operation as Bob's Market where Maxine could still be found helping out. She was a member of the former Wellsville Lioness Club and currently was a member of the Grace United Church of Wellsville. Maxine will be remembered as a loving and supportive mother and grandmother who was always happy with a positive outlook on everything.
Survivors include a long-time companion, Bob Dunham; 2 sons, David (Beth) Simons of Orchard Park and Gary (Kristin) Simons of Dunwoody, GA.; 3 daughters, Carol (Bernie) Markwica of Elba, Joyce (Jim) Crittenden of Henrietta and Gail (Jeff) Swarthout of Penfield. 11 grandchildren, Jennifer, James, Steve, Tim, Joe, Kim, Emily, Derek, Britney, Michael and Anna; 9 great grandchildren; a brother, Carl Schoonover; 2 sisters, Barbara Velasquez and Corinne Tucker; several nieces and nephews; Bob's family, Yvonne, Ann, Laura, Bill, Rob and David; 16 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, her step father Carl Schoonover, 2 sons, James and Donnie and a daughter in law, Amy.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Grace United Church of Wellsville with Reve rand Diane Cox Presiding with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Donald Simons Memorial Scholarship, Alfred State College Development Fund, Alfred State College, Alfred, NY.  14808. or to the Grace United Church of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit

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