Barbara Simmons DeFillips

Born January 19, 1933 in Meadville, Pennsylvania
Departed April 4, 2024 in Palm Bay, Florida

Barbara Simmons DeFillips, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on April 4, 2024 at the age of 91. She was born on January 19, 1933, in Meadville, Pennsylvania to parents Bernard Michael Simmons and Mary Ester Ross.

Throughout her life she touched the hearts of everyone she encountered with her infectious laughter, quick wit, generous hospitality, unwavering compassion, and gentle spirit. Her warmth and kindness knew no bounds, and she dedicated her life to nurturing her family and spreading joy to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Francis DeFillips; son, Raymond (Michelle) DeFillips; daughter, Jean Angell; son, Steven (Penny) DeFillips; and grandchildren, Katelyn (Aaron) Nugent, Laura DeFillips, Carley DeFillips, Lisa DeFillips, and Julia DeFillips; and great grandchild, Brooke Nugent.

Barbara’s viewing will be held on April 11, 2024 from 5 pm-8 pm with a recitation of the Rosary at 7 pm at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32901. Her Funeral Mass will be held on April 12, 2024 at 10 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 3385 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32935. A graveside service will immediately follow the Funeral Mass at Florida Memorial Gardens, 5950 US-1, Rockledge, Florida 32955.

Anyone wishing to make an expression of sympathy is asked to consider a donation to William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida or Hospice of Health First – Melbourne, Florida:

Hospice of Health First / William Childs Hospice House

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Lyn Franks from Anchorage wrote on April 10, 2024:
I will miss my Aunt Barbara’s smile and often segued humor. The memories of dinners, parties and music at her home with Uncle Ray will always remain as happy memories in my heart.
Carol A. Mueller from Melbourne wrote on April 8, 2024:
My sincere condolences to your family. Barbara was the kindest, sweetest woman. Always had a smile and l for everyone and kind words. Remember when God calls our loved one home, he leaves us a gift of memories in exchange, cherish them always.
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