Melva Anne Simonsen

Melva Anne Simonsen

November 22, 1938 - July 13, 2011

Melva Anne Simonsen

November 22, 1938 - July 13, 2011


Melva Anne Simonsen 11/22/38 – 7/13/11

Melva passed into the arms of our Lord at home with her family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Mel was born in Detroit, Michigan to Hazel and Chester Stokes. She attended Redford high school where she played basketball, field hockey, tennis and softball with Coach Ms. B. and her close friend Donna Thomas. She earned her degree in sociology at Wayne State and worked as a social worker in Detroit.

She met the love of her life Richard Simonsen on a blind date on New Year’s Eve in 1959. They were married on 6/16/1962 and moved to California. Raising her children and being ‘Nana Sisi’ to her grandchildren was her greatest joy.

Mel loved gardening, watching her birds, and traveling, and was very proud of the fact that she was able to visit all seven continents.

She is survived by her husband Richard, her brother Eric, her children John and his wife Kimmarie, David, Kimberly and her husband Eduardo and Michael. She will be remembered as the best Nana ever by her grandchildren, Alyssa, Donnie, Cristobal, Mitchell, Gabriel, Francisca and Sophie. She is also survived by family and friends too numerous to mention that she loved so dearly.

She was kind beyond measure, with a smile for everyone and will be missed more than words can say.

A celebration of Melva’s life will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 5:00pm at Community Lutheran Church, Rancho Santa Margarita.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the UC Irvine Chao Family Cancer Center, 101 The City Drive, Bldg. 23, Orange, CA 92868.

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4 responses to Melva Anne Simonsen

  1. Melva sounds like a wonderful person and I am so sorry that I never had the chance to meet her. I know that she has a wonderful family who loved her very much and my heart and prayers go out to all.

  2. God Bless you and keep you.

  3. John, Kimmarie and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dear Simonsen Family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing from pancreatic cancer. My mother’s best friend passed away from this also. Hopefully one day this terrible cancer will be eradicated. Having just lost my father, I know what you are going through at this difficult time. As a family though, we are dealing with it and you will too. It has brought us closer in so many ways. The love you have for your deceased parent rises above all else and makes you stronger as a family. You will see your Mom again one day. Until then, she will be watching over all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and all who love her so very much. God bless.

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