Obituary: Jean Catherine (Harris) Simonsen

April 19, 1914-Aug. 12, 2006
by: contributed photo, Jean Simonsen

Gresham resident Jean Catherine Simonsen, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 12, at a Gresham care facility. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jean was born April 19, 1914, in Brockville, Ontario, Canada. She was raised in Spokane, Wash., and Portland.

Jean worked as the personal cook and housekeeper for Harriet Bishop, the owner of Pendleton Woolen Mills, for many years.

Jean was preceded in death by her son, Richard Simonsen; brothers, John Harris and Keith Harris; and sister, Marion Miller. Survivors include her sons, Ron Simonsen and George Simonsen; sister, Marion Miller; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.