Ann Gardner Simmons of Plymouth, a former resident of Sandwich and Sagamore Beach, died October 7. She was 81.

She was born and raised in Pembroke, the daughter of Kenneth and Virginia (Shepherd) Henrich.

Following her 1957 graduation from Silver Lake Regional High School, she went on to earn a degree in nursing from the Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in 1960.

Ms. Simmons had a career as a registered nurse. Her positions in the medical field included those at South Shore and Pembroke hospitals, as a school nurse for Plympton Public Schools, for individuals in private duty nursing, at Newfield House nursing home, in hospice care and for Bayada home health care nursing.

She was a participant in the Harvard Nurses Health Study since its inception in 1976. This study is among the largest investigations into the risk factors for major chronic diseases in women.

When she was not in her role as caregiver, Ms. Simmons found solace and enjoyment in the beach and ocean and warm summer days.

She leaves her children, Bradford Simmons of Plymouth and Marsha Yalden of Sagamore Beach; a sister, Cynthia Henrich of Lebanon, Connecticut; and her grandchildren, Andrew Simmons of Boston and Heather Simmons of Plymouth.

The family of Ms. Simmons is planning a memorial event on the anniversary of her birth: June 16, 2021.

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