Doris Loretta Simmons
Jan. 28, 1933 – Sept. 2, 2020
Doris Loretta Simmons of Midlothian, VA, died peacefully in her home on September 2 2020, at the age of 87 surrounded by her 3 sons and her pet dog “Alvee”.
Doris was born on January 30, 1933 to Betty and Matthew Hogan of Baltimore, MD. Doris and her older sister Peggy attended and graduated Seton High School in Baltimore MD. In 1952 Doris married Raymond Simmons following his West Point graduation. During Raymond’s 20 years in the Air Force, Doris and her family lived in many locations including Morocco, and eventually settled in Jacksonville, Fl.
Several years after Raymond’s death by cancer, Doris was introduced to Robert Maisch a retired United Parcel Service executive and they hit it off. Doris loved to travel and they did so together broadly. Highlights included passage on the Concorde Supersonic Transport, Queen Elizabeth 2 liner and Canadian Pacific Railway. Doris specifically directed that her obituary expressed her gratitude to Robert Maisch (fondly known as “Mr. Bob” to Doris). Robert Maisch succumbed to cancer but left behind many special memories.
Doris moved to Midlothian, VA living near her son Matthew, his wife Jennifer and grandson Robert. Doris was always a very social person developing many long-term friendships. In this new location she met wonderful new friends whom became very important to her.
Doris had been a caregiver to family members when they became ill, caring for her mother Betty, sister Peggy, Raymond and “Mr. Bob” until they passed. It was only appropriate that her family and friends cared for her in return during her illness.
Doris is survived by her 3 sons, Michael, Robert and Matthew, their spouses (Jennifer and Jennifer); and 4 grandchildren, Robert, Tiffany, Jeremy and Alex.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Bon Secours Hospice program (https://www.bsvaf.org/supporthospice) or the Richmond Animal League (https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/RichmondAnimalLeague/OnlineDonation.html)
Your cousins in Baltimore, MD wish to send their sincerest sympathy to the entire Simmons Family. Cousin Doris was also a great and good friend to all, and never forgot her Aunt Loretta.
There were many visits by Doris to our Maryland home filled with love and kindness.
We acknowledge that her warmth and caring will remain with us forever.
Doris I will miss you so much. I have a picture in my mind of you walking Albee in cold and hot weather. You will be missed so much at Bunko. You would always keep me in line if I was misbehaving ❤️❤️❤️ We will meet again and share a bottle of wine 🍷 🥰🥰🥰. Cheers
I first met Doris in 1951, when I was 11 years old and we became sisters-in-law in 1952 when she married my brother, Raymond. So many happy memories from that time on. Doris was the reason I decided to go to Seton High School in Baltimore as that was where she and her sister, Peg had gone. I always looked up to her and appreciated all the “sisterly” advice she gave me as I was growing up. Will miss the luncheons and visits with her and Jennifer, once she moved to Virginia, and will never forget the love and compassion I saw her exhibit in taking care of my brother when he was so sick. She will always be in my thoughts and prayers.