Betty Lee Sims, age 84, passed away December 12, 2008 in Albuquerque after a long struggle with Parkinsons Disease. She was born to Edmund and Opal Denman in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she graduated from high school in 1942. She graduated from Wooster College in Ohio in 1946, with a BA degree. She enrolled in Purdue University to study for her MS. While there, she met Jim Sims, a WWII veteran returned to Purdue after Army service in Europe. Betty and Jim were married July 14, 1948 and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Albuquerque. They had first moved to Albuquerque in 1952. Betty continued her education and obtained a teaching certificate. She taught at APS, Van Buren Middle School from 1969 until 1980. Betty was a volunteer for many community services during her life, including several years at Presbyterian Hospital. When Betty's father passed away in NC, Betty's mother, Opal, soon moved to Albuquerque. Betty lovingly cared for her mother for several years. Opal's family celebrated her 100th birthday at Mission Manor in 1993 in Albuquerque, shortly before she passed away. Betty was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, where she made many friends, and where a private Memorial Service was held December 22, 2008 to celebrate her life. Betty is survived by her husband; her sister Dorothy Blair living in NC; her three children, Ed Sims, Vicki Sims and Barry Sims. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Nate Sims, Jeff Sims, Clara Sims, Jessica Sims, and Amanda Sims. Her cremains will eventually be interred with her beloved husband Jim in the columbarium at the Veteran's National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or a charity of choice.
Published on: Sun January 04, 2009