Joan Sims, age 86, of Portage, IN transitioned from life to eternity on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. She was born on October 16, 1931 to the late Lonnie and Willie Mae (Isabell) Williams in Gary, Indiana. Joan was a graduate of Froebel High School Class of 1949. She was a retired educator of the Gary Community School Corporation, serving since 1957. Joan was an avid learner with a variety of graduate degrees and certifications. She was a member of Beyond Four Walls Christian Center. Preceded in death by her husband Sonny Sims; parents Lonnie and Willie Mae (Isabell) Williams; 3 sisters Lillian Carter, Elizabeth Meales, and Nona Coleman; 1 brother Ernest Williams Sr. She leaves to cherish her memories, special daughter Diane Wheeler; special cousin Fred Sloan; loving nephews, nieces, cousins, godchildren and a host of family and friends. All services will be held Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Beyond Four Walls Christian Center, 875 S Lake St. Gary, IN with Dr. W. Maurice White Jr. officiating. Visitation from 9am-11am; Funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.