Cleo Jeanette Simonson

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Name Cleo Jeanette Simonson
Born 1911-08-28 Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Gender F
Died 1990-07-17 Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
Buried Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
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Father Christian Jentoff Simonson b. (1881) d. (1973)
Mother Selma Elizabeth Christina Haldin b. (1885) d. (1954)
Married 1906-05-22
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Family Fredrick Arthur Paddison b. (1901-02-04, London, Ontario, Canada) d. (1985-10-24, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon)
Children 0 Living
1 Living
Fredrick Arthur and Cleo Jeanette Paddison née Simonson
Portrait photo


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Cleo Jeanette Paddison née Simonson
Headstone 2012-02-01


Cleo was the daughter of Christian Jentoff Simonson (Holdin of Borge, Lafaten, Norway) and Selma Elizabeth Christina. Cleo was the second of six children (3 of whom her mother raised after going blind). Her siblings were named Manley Leroy, Raymond Theodore, Ione Evelyn (died age 12 of TB), Donald Clayton and Irving Jentoff. After 1925, the Simonson family moved to Los Angeles, CA briefly, before settling in Portland, Oregon. Cleo met and married Frederick “Fred” Paddison on June 14th 1936 at Hinson Memorial Church, after she caught his eye downtown waiting for the same street car on 5th and Washington Street. Cleo had been working at Lipman & Wolfe as a cashier, and Fred worked at JC Penney Co. across the street creating the store displays. They had a loving 50 year long marriage that produced two sons, Larry (later he changed his name to John Mantzefield) and Neal Arthur. Fred built a home for them on Henry St. in Portland, OR where they raised their family. Cleo was a wonderful mother, known to all the kids in the neighborhood for her baking, cooking and costume making for various puppets for puppet shows. Cleo was an artist and avid doll collector. She enjoyed restoring antique dolls and worked at one point for Goodwill, skillfully repairing the donated dolls to be resold for a better price. At the time of her death she had over a thousand in her collection, which she carefully cataloged on handwritten cards. She was enormously creative and well loved by all. In her later years, Cleo and her husband volunteered hundreds of hours at the Rhododendron Test Gardens in SE Portland. Fred passed away in 1986, which was very hard her. Cleo died just three years later due to Leukemia. She is survived by both her sons, and two grandsons: Clayton Trevor and Evan Victor Paddison. Fred and Cleo are buried together side by side in Lincoln Memorial Park.