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Barbara Jean Sims

October 13, 1934 ~ December 30, 2021 (age 87)

Obituary

                                                                Life’s Reflections

Barbara Jean as she was called reached out to many people with her caring smile, and her dedicated heart, she was as sweet as a butterfly.

Barbara became a faithful and true warrior in God’s army. On December 30, 2021 she accepted the angel’s invitation to join our Lord in Paradise at her home in Rahway, NJ while surrounded by her grandson,granddaughters, her son and daughter in-law. It is a joy to know that Gods kingdom has opened its door to a good and faithful solider.

In her free time Barbara Jean loved to read cowboy romance novels, cooking while laughing with her late sons wife Lacara Sims (known as Sis)or watching greys anatomy with a wine cooler in hand. Her favorite color was pink and her favorite book was the Bible. She will be remembered as a kind hearted, selfless Christian who majored in letting God do the judging and minored in spreading love and peace.

Barbara was born on October 13, 1934 in Florence, S.C. She was the first daughter of Lugenia Mack and Off Sellers and oldest sister to Dorothy Hollinshed (predeceased). 

She attended and graduated from the West Philadelphia school system. After moving to N.J., over 20 yrs. Later she was employed by the Simmons Mattress Company, in Elizabeth, N.J, the Deluxe Company in Elizabeth, N.J., and later the Rahway Day Care.

Barbara married Laverne Sims Jr. known as “Jimmy” and “Jim” in 1954, married for 64 yrs. until his death in 1994.

Of this blessed union five children were born, Brenda Joyce, Laverne Jr., Debra Lorraine, Robert (predeceased), and Michael (Irene) Sims, N.J..

Barbara Jean was a founder/member of St. John MER church under the leadership of late bishop Estrus Q.Taylor, then Benjamin Jackson. She continued serving The Hope Community church formally known as Greater St. John under Paster Earnest Jackson. She served her church as Trustee of the church, president of the Floral Club, a member of the Pastor's Aide, a member of the Senior Choir and The Emergency Choir.  

Barbara’s memory will be cherished and forever remembered by her loving and devoted only son Michael Sims, Sr., her Grandchildren, Andre L. Fischer,of N.C, Secira L. Sims,of N.Y., Barbara B. Sims, Desta’ne N. Sims, and Michael I. Sims, Jr. of N.J.Her great grandchildren, Shamar I. Sims, Christopher A. Lee Jr, Serenity L. Sims and (soon to be born) Adan Sims. Her Godchildren, Britt Grady, Eliz. N.J.,Tawana Terrell, N.Y., and Adrian Crawley of N.J. As well as a host of nieces, great-nieces, nephew, relatives and friends. For those we have missed we apologize. Please charge it to our head and not our hearts.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
January 13, 2022

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
455 North Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Funeral Service
Thursday
January 13, 2022

2:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home
455 North Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

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