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October 11, 2012

Barbara Harper Cole Simmons

Barbara Harper Cole Simmons

HOBART — Barbara “Bobby” Simmons, 87, of Hobart passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at home, with her family at her side after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Gainesville, Fla. After graduating from Stamford High School, she married Ivan Cole and they lived on the Cole family farm on the Back River Road, between Hobart and South Kortright.

She was very active in the Episcopal Church, community, Delaware County Election Board, and substitute Town Clerk. Her hobbies were ceramics, art and her many friends.

Bobby is survived by daughter, Susan (Tom) O’Brien of New York City, daughter, Sally (Kuziwa) Chanaiwa of Paso Robles, Calif.; and son, David (Karen) Cole of Amsterdam. Bobby is also survived by 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Grace Clark; and several nieces and nephews.

Bobby was predeceased by two sons, Ivan Andrew (Andy) Jr., and Michael; and Ivan, father of her children. She was also predeceased by her second husband, Everett Simmons.

Friends may call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at MacArthur Funeral Home in Hobart. Funeral services will directly follow at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Hobart at 11 a.m.

Contributions may be sent to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and/or the Cancer Center at FoxCare, Oneonta.

Condolences for the family may be left online at Arrangements are by the MacArthur Funeral Home of Hobart.

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