first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A memorial service for Camilla Simmons, who came to Whittier 79 years ago at the age of 14, will be held Wednesday at Quaker Gardens Chapel, 12151 Dale St., Stanton. Simmons died Nov. 17 at age 93. She was born to Daisy Dixon Vincent and Clifford T. Vincent on July 10, 1912, in Cortez, Colo. She also lived in the Colorado towns of Paonia, La Jara and Grand Junction before coming to California with her parents and older brother, Dixon (Dick) Vincent. After graduating from Whittier High School, Camilla attended Whittier College, graduating in the class of 1934, the same class as Richard M. Nixon. During her college years, she was president of the Palmer Society and also was elected Queen of the May. Because these were the years of the Great Depression, Camilla lived at home and worked her way through college with a job at Carnegie Whittier Public Library. She met her future husband, William L. Simmons, during college. They were married Oct. 24, 1935. They owned a citrus ranch in East Whittier for 14 years, during which time their two daughters were born. They sold the ranch and built a new home in East Whittier’s Friendly Hills. They lived there for 37 years and then moved to Quaker Gardens in Stanton. The Simmons were active members of East Whittier Friends Church. During her years in Whittier, Simmons also was active in United Society of Friends Women, PEO Chapter BJ, PTA, Girl Scouts, Los Angeles County Well Baby Clinic, and, since moving to Stanton, the Quaker Gardens Board of Directors, president of the Residents Association and secretary and chairman of Women’s Fellowship. Among her hobbies were traveling, painting, writing, water skiing, gardening and sewing. She is survived by daughters Elaine Simmons of Boise, Idaho, and Janet Cunningham of Kimmell, Ind., six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and her brother, Dick Vincent. From staff reportslast_img read more