The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 13, 2012

Gladys E. Fitzsimmons


DANVILLE — Gladys E. Fitzsimmons, 96, peacefully passed away at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Danville Care.

She was born Sept. 11, 1916, in Vermilion Grove, the daughter of Roy West Hawkins and Edith Nixie White Hawkins.

She married Donald Fitzsimmons, Sr. on April 1, 1939, in Covington, Ind.

Surviving are three sons, Richard L. Fitzsimmons of Danville, Donald C. (Bernice) Fitzsimmons II of Danville and John K. Fitzsimmons of Tilton. Also surviving are five grandchildren, John “Jay” K. (Laurie) Fitzsimmons II of Rochester, Ill., Todd K. Fitzsimmons of Chicago, Matthew J. (Angie) Fitzsimmons of Kellen, Ala., Krista M. (Andy) Waldron of Overland, Mo., and Shaun P. (Stacy) Fitzsimmons of Indianapolis. Great-grandchildren surviving are Elizabeth Fitzsimmons of Rochester, Ill., Grant Fitzsimmons of Rochester, Ill., Michael Fitzsimmons of Kellen, Ala., Emma Fitzsimmons of Kellen, Ala., and Kaitlyn Fitzsimmons of Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald; her parents; and nine brothers and sisters, Nellie E. (Hawkins) Hutchins, Ola Mae (Hawkins) Vaughan, Forest L. Hawkins, Howard O. Hawkins, Marie O. (Hawkins) Sisson, Roy J. Hawkins, Kenneth H. Hawkins, Bertram M. Hawkins, and Jack M. Hawkins.

She was raised as a Quaker and attended the Vermilion Friends Academy and graduated from Ridge Farm High School. She later was a member of The United Church of Tilton and was currently a member of Central Christian Church in Danville. She worked as a school secretary for Danville School District 118 for more than 20 years.

She was a member of TOPS and also KOPS for many years. She volunteered at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home for many years in The Strawberry Patch. She was a friend to all and never knew a stranger.

A service to celebrate the life of Gladys Fitzsimmons will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Central Christian Church in Danville. Pastor Hank Anderson will officiate. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at Central Christian Church. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home in Danville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church Foundation.

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