Deborah Simmons, 62


On Sept. 24, 2019, Deborah Simmons, 62, passed away suddenly, bravely losing a brief battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in May of 1957 outside Baltimore.

Simmons attended public schools and then began her career in retail management. The last two decades of her career were spent working as the business manager for Continental Search, the recruiting firm she and her husband founded in 1996.

Simmons and her husband, Daniel, moved to the Seagrass Plantation Community in Dagsboro, Del., in May of 2013. They had previously lived in the Baltimore area. She was a member of the Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach and an active member of the Cripple Creek Country Club, and was always seen enjoying herself and dancing at the annual Cripple Creek’s Pink on the Patio event for Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

She was actively involved in Baltimore charity work for eight years, with Pets on Wheels, visiting the Alzheimer’s units at a local nursing home. She received special recognition for her charity work from both houses of the Maryland Legislature and both houses of the U.S. Congress. Her love for animals led to her rescue of four dogs over the last 35 years.

Simmons loved her life at the beach, enjoying walking her dogs at all the parks, her yoga classes, the country club events, her friends and even being aggravated by golf occasionally.

Though modest, she would light up any room she entered and was known for making deep friendships with people of all ages. The outpouring of support from the community has shown how much she was loved.

Simmons is survived by her husband of 36 years, Daniel Simmons; her brother, Stephen Pross of Baltimore; and dozens of friends in Seagrass Plantation and Cripple Creek who became her cherished family.

As a breast cancer survivor, her favorite charity was the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition in Sussex County. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to debreastcancer.org/gift/dedications_tributes_and_memorials or to the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown https://bvspca.org/donate.

A private celebration of her life will be held at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, Del., in early October of 2019. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.