Mary Caroline Simmons Thurber

Mary Caroline Simmons Thurber, 93, of Gainesville, Florida passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020. She
was born April 25, 1926 in High Point, NC to William David Simmons, Jr. and Helen Fisher Simmons.
Mary Caroline graduated from Women’s College, University of North Carolina with a degree in French and
studied at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After graduation, she was an active participant in the
Junior League of High Point and worked for Eastern Airlines. At McGill, she met David William Lloyd
Thurber, and they married in High Point on January 14, 1956.
After marriage, she moved to Prescott, Ontario where she was a dedicated mother, volunteer board
member with the Brockville, Ontario YMCA and partner in the family business, DWL Thurber and Associates.
An avid dog breeder, Mary Caroline entered Augusta’s Angel the Westminster Dog show and took the award
for Best of Breed in 1981. After retirement, Mary Caroline and David moved to Gainesville Florida. Shortly
afterward, David died in 1996, and Mary Caroline filled her life as a volunteer with the Alachua County Fire
and Rescue and many committees at Oak Hammock retirement community.
Her brother William David Simmons III, her parents and husband preceded Mary Caroline in death. She is
survived by her son William David Thurber and his wife, Connie DeGaetano Thurber of Oshawa, Ontario and
her grandchildren James David Anderson Thurber of Toronto, Ontario and Lauren Elizabeth Thurber of
Montreal. Also survived by her brother Charles Harris Simmons of High Point and numerous cousins, nieces
and nephews.
A celebration of her life was held at Oak Hammock on February 19 at Oak Hammock, in Gainesville and a
inurnment will be scheduled for Oakwood Cemetery, High Point later this spring. For those who wish,
contributions can be made to The Junior League of High Point, 1103 North Main Street, High Point, NC
27262; The Brockville & Area YMCA Foundation, 345 Park St, Brockville, ON K6V 5Y7 or Rescue Me Dog
Rescue, 2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #2001, Washington, DC 20006
(https://donate.rescueme.org/belgianmalinois#). Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and
Cremation Service, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (www.milamfh.com)

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