Gloria W. Mitchell


FARMINGTON — Gloria W. Mitchell, 81 , passed away Feb. 9, at Orchard Park Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Kingfield March 5, 1930, she was the daughter of Stanley and Flora Washburn. She attended schools in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from Kingfield High School in 1948. Gloria worked at Forster Manufacturing Co. in Strong for many years and enjoyed her work and being around people.

She enjoyed gardening, sewing and working on the computer. In her earlier years, she liked to go camping and riding motorcycles and snowmobiles. Gloria was a “snowbird,” enjoying her winters in Florida with many friends and family. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends, who admired her determination, her spirit and her feisty personality.

She is survived by her partner, Albert “Pondie” Pond of Strong, who has been by her side during the last few years as they shared life and cared for each other. She is also survived by her first husband, Milton Simmons of Kingfield; her four children, Lee Simmons and wife, Val, of Readfield, Mike Simmons and wife, Nancy, of New Sharon, Candy Clark and partner, Bud Philbrick, of Strong, Lesa Tompkins and partner, Brian James, of Strong; her sister, Theo Dexter and husband, Glendon, of Westbrook; six grandchildren, Jason Simmons of Readfield, Deanna Farrell of Sanford, Danielle Simmons of Augusta, Douglas Simmons of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Tanya Huff of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Tyler Tompkins of Boston, Mass.; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her husband, Virgil Mitchell.