Margaret Sims Obituary

Margaret J. Sims
Margaret J. Sims

May 8, 2005
Born in Moberly, MO
Resided in Des Moines, IA


Margaret Jean Sims passed from this life on Sunday, May 8, 2005 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at Westover Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Margaret was born the daughter of John M. and Hermena A. Fiala Tait in Moberly, MO, where she graduated from Moberly Junior College. She married Harvey E. Sims and later traveled to Germany. Margaret was formerly employed with Dr. C. R. Byland of Moberly, as a dental assistant for more than ten years. She was a stained glass artist and made pieces for her friends and family, truly one of a kind keepsakes. Margaret was also a homemaker all her life. She had always been a believer in the Presbyterian Church.

In 1962, Margaret and her family moved to Des Moines, where they made their home. Margaret was known in her neighborhood as "The Candy Lady" for more than three generations. All the children in the neighborhood would stop by for a piece of candy. As the years went by, these visitors would continue to stop for a conversation or maybe a bit of wisdom. The Des Moines Register even wrote an article about Margaret and Harvey in their "Neighbor of the Week" Column.

Margaret was a proud supporter of many organizations involving children, including the Ronald McDonald House. She was also a member of the Sierra Club and the World Wildlife Federation supporting animals worldwide. In addition to the many loves Margaret had, she also enjoyed spending time in her garden. There wasn't anything she couldn't grow.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Lt. Col. Harvey E. Sims (retired) of Des Moines; two children, Elyse Sims of Boca Raton, FL, and Scott Sims of Kansas City, MO; one great-aunt, Mary Boney of Windsor, MO; and two nieces, Beverly J. Libby of Woodland Park, CO, and Sharon Bagby of West Lafayette, IN. In addition to her human family, Margaret is survived by two fur-covered quadrupeds, Annie and Spike both rescued from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, as she was a strong advocate for animals.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. today at Westover Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends from 5 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorials be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.




Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, May 11, 2005