Yvonne Doris "Bonnie" Simmons, 83, of Klipsan Beach, Wash., died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at home.

She was born March 21, 1926, in Los Angeles, to Domingo Pilaria of Los Angeles and Pilar (Bedegain) Pilaria of Urepel, France.

She graduated a year early from high school and began a career at the Culver City (Calif.) Bank of America.

Shortly after the end of World War II, she married Louis E. Simmons of Woodland, Calif.

In 1954, she moved to Hawthorne, Calif., where she was a homemaker. In the late 1960s, Mrs. Simmons worked at the aerospace firm McDonnell Douglas as an administrative secretary. In 2006, a few years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, she moved to Ocean Park, Wash., then in 2007, she moved to Golden Sands Assisted Living.

Family members said she was known for her elaborate holiday decorations home-decorating skills. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Lou and Charlie Lee Cozby of Ocean Park; two grandchildren, Sgt. Cosmo Lee Cozby of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Heather Lou Cozby of Plymouth, Mass.; a great-grandson, Cosmo Jack Cozby Galvin of Plymouth; several nieces and nephews; and close friends and neighbors, Emogene Kaufman, Bud and Vi Spencer, Jan Spencer and Dave Sadler, all of Hawthorne, Calif.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Doe Pilaria.

She will be interred with her parents at the Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach, Wash., is in charge of the local arrangements.

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