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SIMS, Bette BETTE JOYCE BURNLEY SIMS Bette Joyce Burnley Sims, champion amateur golfer and beloved community member, has died. She was 84. Bette suffered mitral valve failure and passed away peacefully in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of Piedmont Hospital Thursday evening. A passionate and dedicated golfer, Bette was a role model to her fellow members at the Atlanta Athletic Club, of which she was a member for 31 years. She won the AAC women's championship three times: in 1984, 1987 and 2005, when Bette was 80 years old. The Georgia-native also won the 1960 Pro/Amateur Golf Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, alongside the legendary pro Kathy Whitworth, whom Bette met three decades later for a friendly match at the AAC. Also under her belt: the 1979 AAC/Atlanta Women's Golf Association Golfer of the Year Award, the 2001 M.L. McKie Senior Championship, and the 2004 AAC President's Cup Championship. According to friends and family, Bette's natural skill, competitive spirit and love of the game kept her on the course at least four days a week. She was a leader among her contemporaries, as well as younger golfers. She was a regular at the AAC's Sunday couples golf. Bette played in the monthly AWGA Play Days, which took her to courses throughout the metro area. Born November 30, 1925 in Milstead, Georgia, Bette met her husband of 50 years, the late Morris Collins Sims, in high school. After World War II, the young couple moved to Venezuela, where they raised a family before retiring to Atlantain the mid 70's. Bette's family will remember her independent spirit, youthful charm, and remarkable poise, which drew people of all ages to her. She is survived by three daughters: Sonie and Salie Sims, and Joanie Carter. She leaves behind her loving sister, Jane Logus, as well as six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The memorial service will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Northside United Methodist Church (2799 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, 30305). There will be a private inurnment prior to the service in the church garden. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to The Yates Scholarship Program through Ga. State Golf Foundation, 121 Village Pkwy, Bldg. 3, Marietta, GA 30067 or log on to www.gsgf.org.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 6, 2009.
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December 10, 2009
To Bette's family, we offer our sincere condolences. We knew Bette for many years at the Athletic Club. Bette and her sister-in law came to visit in Ireland, and we have happy memories of their trip.
She was a lady at all times, and a very good golfer. She will be sadyly missed. Sincerely, Ron and Sally Kirby
Ron & Sally Kirby
December 9, 2009
Sonie and Family,

I never had the opportunity to meet Bette, but it sounds like she had a rich full life. I know she will be missed, but the great stories and memories will live on with her many friends and family.

Marion and I send caring thoughts to you during this time of sorrow.
Emily Giordano
December 8, 2009
Sonie, Salie and Joanie,
What a loss for those of us lucky enough to have known your mom. I got to help her a little with her swing, and she always amazed me. She shared so many wonderful stories and emanated wisdom, grace and beauty. I loved being around her. Her zest for life was contagious. I'll miss her.
Robin Holloway
December 7, 2009
Know your family is in our prayers and thoughts at this time. Your Mom and Dad will always hold special places in our hearts and memories as well as you-Sonie, Salie and Joanie.

Bob and Scott Grundy
December 7, 2009
Sonie, Sallie and Joanie - Julie & I were saddened to hear about Bette's passing. We have had you in our thoughts and prayers over the last several days. We will not be able to be there in Atlanta Wednesday for the services, but we will certainly be thinking about you.
Love,
Julie & Rick Sims
December 7, 2009
Dear Sonie, Salie and Joanie and all of Bette's grandchildren and greatgrandchildren,
It was my pleasure to play golf with Bette at AWGA playdays. She was my inspiraton. Bette's dedication to her family, golf and love of life will be remembered by all of us who were lucky to have known her.
Sandye Carpenter
December 7, 2009
Soni..your mother was a vital, bright and interesting woman.I know how you loved her..our prayers and thoughts will be with you as you go through this time of loss...blessings, Barbara and Jeff Benedict
December 6, 2009
Dear Sonie, Salie and Joanie and all of Bette's grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Bette honored me by being my partner for the last few years at the Jekyll tournament but more importantly by being my dear friend. Everyone knew Bette's warm, friendly smile and her tremendous competetive spirit. I won't be able to play again without thinking of her. She made each of us a better person for having known her. My deepest condolences.
Judy Kitchin
December 6, 2009
Dear Sonie, Salie and Joanie and all of Bette's grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Bette honored me by being my partner for the last few years at the Jekyll tournament, but more importantly by being my dear friend. Everyone knew Bette's warm, friendly smile and her tremendous competetive spirit. I won't be able to play again without thinking of her. She made each of us a better person for having known her. My deepest condolences.
Judy Kitchin
December 6, 2009
Dear Sonie, Salie and Joanie,I was sitting at my kitchen table having a nice, hot cup of tea after this cold weekend, and I happened to see your mother's name in the paper. I was sorry to read about your mother's passing and am sorry for your loss. At the same time, I enjoyed reading about her life here in Atlanta after your parents retired; it seems she lived her life to the fullest. You won't recall my name, Janet Sowers,because a lifetime has passed since that time when both our families lived in Jusepin, Venezuela. I remember your mother though, probably because she is forever stopped in time in a grainy black and white photo from the 1950's; a tall and glamorous woman in a group of ladies after a day of golfing. Some years before my mother, Grace Sowers, passed away, she was reminiscing about life in Jusepin.She talked about how Bette Sims could make her house look like it came right out of a style magazine, even though no shops were available. She talked about what a great golfer Bette was,how she was such a competitor but encouraged the other women to do better, rather than lord it over them. I was glad to read how full her life was, that there are many in your family to remember her, and wish you all the best in this sad time. Sincerely, Janet Sowers
janet sowers
December 6, 2009
Soni,
Although only met your mother once, she was everything that Glenda Walker had told me about her. I know she will be greatly missed by all. God Bless you and your famiy. I hope to see you soon.
Jo Ellen Bradley
December 6, 2009
Dear Sonie, Sallie and Joanie, Your Mom was my mentor. She taught me all the rules, etiquette and what to do. My very first tournament was with her as my partner in Savannah in 1992ish. We were roomates and I could not get over how early she got up and at 'em. I have always said I will have arrived when I can play as good golf as Bette at her age. I am still saying it. I will miss her bright smile and gleeful attitude. How lucky we all have been to have had her in our lives. with great love and respect. Claudeen Lindberg
December 6, 2009
Dear Sims Family,
I have many fond memories of Morris and Bette. Bette was a dear friend and a favorite golfing buddy. She shared many warm "family stories"; and my thoughts and prayers will surely be for you in these days. We will miss her more than I can imagine.
Fondly,
Helen Lester
December 6, 2009
Sonie, Salie and Joanie....we have so many fond memories of your mom and all the good times we had together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...Condolencias
Bill and Jean Shelton and Amanda Allen
December 6, 2009
Dear Sonie, Salie and Joanie...we were so very saddened to read about your mom's passing and want you and your families to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a wonderful, always smiling patient who brightened our office every time she came in. God bless and our deepest sympathy... Dr.Vic and Beverly Riccardi
December 6, 2009
I met Bette 2 years ago when I first joined AWGA. I was extremely nervous among all of these wonderful golfers. Fortunately for me I was teamed up with Bette my very first playday. She welcomed me with open arms. I admired her spirt and love for the game and her fellow golfers. She once told me that at her age she never thought she would still be working on improving her game, but she always continued`. I told her I wanted to grow up to be just like her. I will miss her dearly.
kitty lovett
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