Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Haggard Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Miss Sims was born in Tyler on Feb. 19, 1932, to John William and Dora Maudine Baird Sims. She passed away on July 27, 2012, in Jefferson. She graduated from Tyler High School, and then attended Parkland Nursing School in Dallas. She worked for 11 years as an operating room nurse at Medical Center Hospital in Tyler. She then joined the Army Nurses Corps where she served for 20 years. During that time, she worked at Letterman General Hospital, Walter Reed Hospital and in Chu Lai, Vietnam (1968-1969) as an O.R. nurse. She also served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Sam Houston; Seoul, Korea; Berlin, Germany; Fort Hood; and Fort Stewart, Ga. While in the Army, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Incarnate Word University.
After her retirement from the Army, she worked part-time in the O.R. at Marshall Memorial Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tyler and the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) in Marshall. She also was a member of the Sesame Club and two quilting clubs in Marshall. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she went on two medical missionary trips to Mexico.
Surviving relatives include her sisters, Ruth and husband Frank Howell, of Diana, Armitta Ann and husband James D. Blackburn, M.D., of Jefferson; nieces and nephews, James David (Cheryl) Blackburn Jr., of Katy, Patricia A. Blackburn Roberts, of Jefferson, Robert Sims (Tiffany) Blackburn, of Marshall, William Patrick (Amy) Blackburn, of Marshall, Mary E. Howell (Bobby) Crawford, of Daingerfield; 14 great-nephews and nieces and several close cousins throughout East Texas.
A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.hag