Mrs. Ann R. Sims, a former resident of Enterprise, Ala. for 50 years, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at her residence in Shalimar, Fla. She was 88.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at St. John Catholic Church with Father Gregory Okarobia officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowlawn Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory directing. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorrells Funeral Home in Enterprise. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to St. John Catholic Church, 123 Heath St., Enterprise, AL 36330, or Emerald Coast Hospice, 340 Beal Parkway NW, Suite, C., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
There will also be a memorial service held at Hawthorne House in Bob Hope Village in Shalimar on Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Thomas Ray Sims, and a son, David Michael Sims.
Mrs. Sims was born January 8, 1926, in Providence, R.I. to the late William and Rose McGovern Geary. She turned down a scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design to become a very proud naval wife, loving mother, grandmother and doting GG. Mrs. Sims was one of the original members of St. John Catholic Church; where she was very involved with the Women's Guild, taught Sunday school and was always willing to help in any area of the church. She was always positive, loved to laugh and enjoyed life. Ann was artistic and loved to play bridge, though, she hated to lose. She will always be remembered for never saying anything negative about anyone.
Survivors include five children: Beverly Ann Cheatham (Jim), Enterprise; Patricia Lynn Martin (Danny), Shalimar; Christopher Allen Sims (Edith), Winston-Salem, N.C.; Richard Keith Sims (Pete), Tulsa, Okla.; Thomas R. Sims, N.Y.; nine grandchildren: Heather Cooper McKinney; Nicole Cooper; Michael Cooper; Amanda Martin Middleton; Daniel Martin, Jr.; Melody Sims; Noel Sims Reynolds; Brian Sims; Steven B. Sims; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Syble Highfield (Jay), Bella Vista, Ark. and Margie Tinker, Fresno, Calif.
Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory of Enterprise, 334-347-9598, is in charge of arrangements. To sign a guest register, please visit www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com.