Eleanor F. Simard
August 25, 1919 - July 19, 2012
Eleanor Simard, 92, formerly of Deerfield Beach, Florida, died peacefully with her family by her side on July 19, 2012, at Clover Health Care in Auburn, where she had been a resident for five years. She was born in Augusta on August 25, 1919, the daughter of Warren and Elizabeth Paradis Smart. Moving at a young age with her family to Lewiston, she was educated in local schools. She worked for many years in the shoe industry where she met the “love of her life”, Fernand Simard, whom she married on April 19, 1941. They were avid campers before retiring and leaving Lewiston for Deerfield Beach, Florida, in 1975. For the next eight years until Fern’s death on April 26, 1983, they felt they were living in “paradise”. She remained in Florida for the next twenty years, residing near a son and her sisters. A very special time was when the four sisters were together for her granddaughter’s wedding in 2001. When she was with her family and friends, you could always hear her laughter. That’s when she was happiest: at family gatherings with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved to go on day trips and go out to eat. Her favorite spot was Ogunquit, where she spent several short summer vacations. Although her disease robbed her of the realities of everyday life, she never lost her cheerful spirit or her ability to see beauty around her. Survivors include two sons, David and his wife Barbara of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Steven and his wife Denise of Spring Hill, FL and their children Jessica and Jeffrey of Vermont, a daughter, Donna Desjardins and her husband John of Lewiston, two grandchildren, Elizabeth Desjardins and her husband Rob Rood of Bellingham, MA, and David Desjardins and his wife Matie of Nashua, NH, four great-grandchildren; RJ and Chloe Rood, and Jack and Gabriella Desjardins, two sisters, Priscilla Favreau of Scottsdale, AZ, and Meg Ritzman of San Diego, CA. Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Gloria and her husband Larry Malo. The family thanks the staff at Clover Health Care and Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice for their loving care and the friendship she received while a patient there.