2011-01-06 / Obituaries

Lorna Sims

On the Dec. 21, as morning broke, another angel joined the Lord's choir. Lorna June Sims, 72, of Winchester, TX left this life in the loving presence of her husband Bill Sims and her four children. Lorna was born on June 8, 1938 to the late James Hennigan and Regina Handrick Hennigan.

Lorna graduated from Reagan High School in Houston, TX with the class of 1956. As an employee of National Bank of Commerce in Houston, she met Houston police officer Bill Sims in front of the city's Baptist Temple and invited him to worship. Her invite led to his salvation and ultimately their marriage and his enrollment in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

As a compassionate servant of Christ, Lorna played a vital role in her and her husband's life-long ministry. In all of her church families, Lorna served by working with children, playing piano and singing in the choir. With a blessed ability to find the good in others, she held a motherly influence over all who came in contact with her. Over her 53-year career, Christian servitude took her from the beaches of Galveston and Surfside, TX to the blizzards of Gillette, WY, the splendor of El Portal-Yosemite, the foothills of Livermore, and finally the country comfort of Smithville and Winchester, TX. Lorna was attentive to the concerns of others. She promptly helped those in need and served joyously with contagious and angelic laughter. She was fundamental in transforming the lives of numerous special needs and handicapped children.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bill Sims; daughters, Debbie Keeney and Rachael Snedecor of California; sons, Bill Sims of Washington State and Mark Sims of Colorado; grandchildren, Jennifer Howerton, Ben Ortiz, David Lavezzo, Stasia Rucker, Sara Lavezzo, Justin Sims, Nick Lavezzo, Cayla Sims, Wyatt Sims, Joshua Sims and Jacob Sims; great-grandchildren, Samara Sims, Michael Ortiz and Lilyanna Ortiz; brother, Daniel Handrick Hennigan I of League City, Texas

A celebration of Lorna's life took place at Trinity Baptist Church in Smithville, TX. In lieu of flowers donations are requested in memory of Lorna to the MD Anderson Science Park Research Division in Smithville, TX.

The family wishes to thank the entire community of Winchester, TX, and the family of Trinity Baptist Church of Smithville,TX for the abundance of love and support at this time of sorrow. Lorna Sims shined with God's light in an oft dark world. All who knew her loved her. All who loved her will miss her.

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