Gertrude's Story

SEDGWICK - Gertrude "Nonny" Simmons Ferriday, 82, of Sedgwick, ME, passed away on February 10, 2015, in Deer Isle, ME. She was previously of Mashpee (Cape Cod), MA and Chatham Township, NJ. She was born, April 28, 1932, in Red Bank, NJ, the daughter of George Nicholas and Gertrude (Goodspeed) Wagner.

After graduating college with a BS in Medical Technology, Nonny worked at Johnson & Johnson in their research department. She was an integral part of the team that developed a patented replacement artery.

Nonny's biggest love was her family. When her two children were young, she and her husband created the Chatham Township Athletic Association providing a hometown sports program for both boys and girls. Her devotion was ever evident with the hours she spent either on the fields or behind the scenes organizing teams, equipment or creating schedules. Summers were spent with her family on Cape Cod, developing a love for the ocean and nature, enjoying sailing and tennis with her family and friends.

Nonny was an avid gardener spending most of her time outdoors. She adored her pets, raising a number of show dogs and even learning how to herd sheep. She was also an exceptional painter, producing numerous beautiful oil pieces.

For the past two decades Nonny devoted a large portion of her time to environmental and conservational organizations and efforts. She was a member and served as Chairman of the Mashpee Conservation Commission on Cape Cod and when she moved to Maine she became actively involved with the Bagaduce Watershed Association.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, John Ferriday of Sedgwick, ME; her children, Gerald Simmons of Rockaway, NJ, and daughter, Lesley Simmons Guido and husband Tom of Lake Bluff, IL; and her six beloved grandchildren, Laurel Guido, Zachary Simmons, Colin Guido, Tucker Simmons, Tyler Simmons and Grace Guido.

An intimate family service is planned for late spring or early summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nonny's memory may be made to The Ark, a no-kill animal shelter in Maine, PO Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622.

Arrangement by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main St., Blue Hill, ME

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