Jane M. Simonds
Jane M. Simonds, formerly of Southampton and New York, died on May 12. She was 96.
Ms. Simonds first came to Southampton in about 1918, when her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Mellon, finished building their house on Meadow Lane. Known as Villa Maria, it was the first house built in the village’s Beach Road Historic District, which extends west from Halsey Neck Road.
Ms. Simonds was known for her bridge, gardening and golf. She played bridge at a high level well into her 80s, and over her lifetime she earned many master points for her success in bridge tournaments. Her family said she installed and cared for a wonderful rose garden at her house on South Main Street, and she loved golf, which she learned under the guidance of Charlie Thom, the legendary golf professional at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
She was a survivor of the Hurricane of 1938. Shortly before the hurricane struck, she drove from her parents’ house on the beach into the village, unaware, as everyone was, of the storm’s approach. When the storm hit, she managed to make her way to Corwith’s Pharmacy, which was then located at the corner of Main Street and Jobs Lane, where she took shelter until the storm passed.
Ms. Simonds had a long association with St. Andrew’s Dune Church and other notable Southampton institutions. She sang in the Dune Church’s choir as a child, and her father and both of her husbands served on its Board of Trustees. Her father also served on the board and as president of the Bathing Corporation of Southampton, and her first husband, Craigh Leonard, served on the boards of Southampton Hospital, the Meadow Club and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
Ms. Simonds is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Leonard of California; a son, Edward Leonard and wife Victoria of San Francisco; a son, Craigh Leonard and wife Evie of Southampton; a stepson, William Simonds and wife Jane of Locust Valley; and a stepson, Robin Simonds of Westbury. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Craigh Leonard, and by her second husband, Robinson Simonds.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Dune Church in Southampton on June 11, at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Dune Church, P.O. Box 1245, Southampton, NY 11969.