Amelia Emily Simms, 89, died at the Lake District Long Term Care Facility on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.
Amelia was born to Paul and Barbara (Babach) Dykun in Arran, Saskatchewan, Canada on Nov. 3, 1923. She grew up in Arran and the day after her 18th birthday, on Nov. 4, 1941 she married Nick Gawronski and they spent their honeymoon moving to Lakeview. Nick died on July 14, 1978 and then on Oct. 25, 1980 she and long-time friend, Donald Simms were married in Lakeview.
She and Donald were true snow birds, spending many winters in Yuma, Ariz. While in Lakeview they enjoyed many meals together at the Lakeview Senior Center.
Amelia always managed to keep herself busy doing the things she truly enjoyed. She was an accomplished seamstress and made most of her and her daughters’ clothing. She kept her hands busy doing all kinds of needle work. She was an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Valley Falls Grange. She also put in a number of years working at the Eagle’s Lodge and the Lake County Senior Center.
Amelia was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Barbara Dykun; husband Nick Gawronski; daughter Polly Thompson; brothers Nick and Mike Dykun.
She is survived by husband Donald Simms of Lakeview; daughters and sons-in-law Rose and Laney Davidson of Shady Cove, Ginger and David Pranghofer of Stanwood, Wash. and Twyla and Floyd Davidson of Lakeview; daughter, Susan Singleton of Portland; step-children and spouses Mary and Fred Lee of Lakeview, Raymond and Janine Simms of Lakeview and Sonny and Tami Simms of Lakeview; sisters Stella Bogoslowski, Ann Purcka, Mary Ripco and Nellie Sereduik all of Canada; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation was at the Desert Rose Funeral Chapel on Friday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recitation of the Holy Rosary followed the visitation. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. with committal in the Sunset Park Cemetery. A potluck luncheon was served at the St. Patrick Parish Hall following the committal.
Contributions in Amelia’s memory may be sent to the Lakeview Hospice and Home Health, 700 S. J St., Lakeview 97630 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.