Monday, February 17, 2020

Maxine Simons

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 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am in the Grace United Church of Wellsville with Reverand Diane Cox Presiding with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorial donation's in  her name may be made to the Donald Simons Memorial Scholarship,Alfred State College Development Fund, Alfred State College, Alfred, NY 14802 or to the Grace United Church of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Rest in peace! Also could you tell Donnie "Hi!" For me, and tell him that we all miss him down here! Sincerely.....Roberta ( Winship) Strait

  2. Rest in peace! Also, would you tell Donnie "Hi" for me, and that we all miss him down here!

  3. Maxine was such a lovely, warm, endearing woman and her smile was so engaging and genuine! May you rest in peace, dear Maxine, and may the blessed memories you left for your family warm their hearts.

  4. such a loss to everyone that knows the family.
    Spent many days in that field and barn. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  5. My heart felt sympathy goes out to the whole Simons family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  6. Katie (Thomas) NixonFebruary 23, 2020 at 8:16 AM

    I've been blessed to know Maxine since I was about 10 years old when I delivered the newspaper on my bike to she and Bill. Maxine 'recruited' me to help pick beans in the summer and from there I was able to help with other things for the market.

    Maxine was a wonderful woman and when I moved back to town, it was so nice to see her from time to time. I know she will be missed and am thankful I had the chance to know her.

    Prayers to her family and friends. Hold tight to the wonderful memories you have, they will help get you through the tough days.