June 11, 1920 – July 21, 2020
Barbara Elizabeth (Todd) Simonds, 100, died July 21, 2020 with family by her side.
The daughter of Katherine Nolan Todd and Leon N. Todd, she was born in New London, NH on June 11, 1920.
Barbara graduated from Keene High School as a member of the National Honor Society, class of 1938.
Barbara married Edward Simonds in April 1942. They shared 71 years together before his death in 2013. Barb and Ed lived in their McKinley Street home surrounded by neighbors that she described as “all wonderful”.
Barbara worked in the Bond department of Peerless Insurance for thirty-seven and a half years as a secretary, retiring as an underwriter.
Once she and Ed retired they enjoyed traveling. Barbara documented their travels and gatherings with family and friends by producing detailed photograph albums.
Her tendency toward perfectionism and her lightening-quick typing skills resulted in typewritten organization for her home. Barb enjoyed reading, so she created a notebook filled with typed pages of books she had read, organized by author.
Her luncheon group with friends, time at York Beach, Maine, her beloved cats, and the backyard birds brought her great joy.
She was a very talented knitter producing intricate knitted gifts for family and friends. She also completed many elaborate needlepoint projects for her home.
Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church of Keene and Woman’s Fellowship.
After Ed’s death, Barbara lived alone until she turned 99. The family thanks the team at Langdon Place of Keene for the excellent care and kindness they gave Barbara.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 Saturday, August 1 in the pavilion behind the First Baptist Church of Keene, 105 Maple Avenue.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
July 28, 2020
Barbaras husband was my dads 1st cousin. I first met them at the time of my fathers death. We communicated ,visited a couple of times and shared information about the Rice family. Over the yers we exchanged cards letters and a few phone calls. I found both Ed and Barbara to be caring good people and fun to be around . I will miss Barbara's card this year. Like all of us , we never spend enough time in contact with our family.
Dell Arthur Rice
Mary Ann Weisman
July 28, 2020
Barbara and my father, Clate Burnett, worked together for many years at Peerless. I know that my dad respected Barb’s intellect and sense of humor, as well as her secretarial skills. Barb and Ed were also personal friends of my parents. In fact, my father filled in for the best man at Barb and Ed’s wedding! Barb was a lovely person and she will be missed.
July 27, 2020
Please tell me where Barbara’s remains will be placed. My wife and I are sad that we will not be able to attend the funeral service and I’d like to visit her grave. Thank you.
July 27, 2020
It was with great sadness that I learned of Barbara’s passing. We worked together at Peerless for nine years during which I became very fond of her. In the early 70s she invited my two year old son and me to come to her home to see her cat. We had a nice visit with her and with her mother. Eddie and my father-in-law played football together at Keene High School and enjoyed each other’s company. Barbara was a lady and a fine person. I will miss her.
July 26, 2020
My Aunt Ellie Conant was a close friend of Barbara, they shared many trips, lunches and knitting sessions, they were truly great friends. After my Aunt passed, Barbara sent me a note sadly stating that she will miss my Aunt Ellie, she will now knit with her again.