Helen Marie Sims of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away March 21, 2022, just shy of her 90th birthday. Helen was born in Kansas City to Merle and Dollie. She attended Holy Cross Catholic School and Cardinal Glennon Catholic High School in Northeast Kansas City. After her father died, she helped support her mother and younger siblings, working at P.I.E. Trucking and Katz Drug Company. During this time, she cooked and cleaned for the Irish priests at Holy Cross and spent her vacations touring the United States by bus. In 1958, she met George Sims, who was a blind date and an hour late. Helen thought he had stood her up, but he told her he was confused by the street numbering in the Northeast. She gave him a chance, and five years later the two married, enjoying 47 years of married life together.
God and family were Helen’s two highest priorities. Helen was the heart of the home, raising their four children and supporting George and his business, Lloyd’s Pharmacy. Helen learned to drive at age 41 so that their children could attend Catholic school, and she chauffeured them to their many other extracurricular activities. A member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas, for over fifty years, Helen helped out wherever there was a need. She made banners, taught religious education, led Communion Services at a local nursing home, assisted with the RCIA program, and supported the volunteer work of other family members in music ministry, altar serving, and Knights of Columbus. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Circle, the Altar Society, and the Ladies of Columbus.
Helen’s hobbies include gardening, reading, sewing, crocheting, and embroidering. Her family will forever treasure the homemade items she lovingly sewed, crocheted, and embroidered for them. She loved flowers and filled her yard with them. Many remember her and George’s bountiful vegetable garden, which they shared with family, friends, and neighbors. Her pride and joy are her large koi pond and its blooming water lilies. At close to 70 years of age, Helen learned to use the computer and made custom cards for all her family and friends for their birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. She has special fondness for the seminarians of the archdiocese. She regularly made custom cards for them to celebrate various holidays and to encourage and support them in their studies,
Helen is preceded in death by her husband, George E. Sims, her grandson, Daniel Thomas Sims, her parents, Merle and Dollie, and her brothers Joe, Sam, Frank, Jerry, and Patrick Courter. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Mary Kathleen Morgan (Tom), George E. Sims, Jr. (Joni), Kristina McClaran (Christopher), and Katrina Sims (Christopher Wells); ten grandchildren: Paul, Kathleen, Martin, Peter, Grace, and Joseph Morgan, David and Amanda McClaran, Shelley Willey, and Tristan Wells; a great-grandchild, Loren Victoria Willey; her brother, Leo (Mary Esther) Courter; and her sister Rosemary (Roger) Anderson.
There will be a Visitation on Monday, March 28, from 5-7 at the Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home, 6300 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kansas, with a rosary at 6:30 pm. The funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 10AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery,126th and Parallel Pkwy., Kansas City, KS.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
St. Patrick's Catholich Church
1086 N. 94th Street, Kansas City KS 66112