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Betty Powers Simms

January 30, 1938May 12, 2020

Betty Powers Simms, 82, Boston, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 of natural causes at English Meadows Senior Living Community, Culpeper Campus. Betty was born January 30, 1938 in Kansas to Elsie and David Powers.

Betty graduated from Fredonia High School in 1956 and attended Kansas State Teachers College 1956-57. She worked in Kansas at the State Bank of Pittsburg and the U. S. Census Bureau. In Virginia she worked at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Culpeper County Public Schools. Throughout her life, she was active in church and raised her daughters in church as well as having them involved in Girl Scouts, music under the direction of Wilhelmina Amos, the High School Band and school sports. Her hobbies included sewing, reading and taking care of her family.

Betty is survived by her husband of 63 years, William “Bill” Simms; daughter Cathy Stephenson (Chuck) and grandsons Sam and Ben Stephenson; sisters Margie Evans of Derby Kansas and Peggy Smith (Joe) of Neodesha, Kansas; and sister-in-law Virginia Simms Payne of Charlottesville, VA. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by brothers, Gary Joe and Larry D. Powers and her daughter, Carol Simms Mustain.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there are no services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the Simms family through clore-english.com. The Simms family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.


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Bonnie Obenshain

May 29, 2020

Bill and Cathy, I just learned of Betty’s passing. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Sue Bridges

May 18, 2020

Bill and Cathy:
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill, I so enjoyed our recent chat and I have had you on my mind ever since. You gave me such good advice for this transition. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Betty was such a lovely person!

Sue Bridges

Gloria Long

May 17, 2020

I am so sorry! I remember not so long ago, you, Cathy , ran while pushing her in her wheelchair. As you know, I don’t even run. But, because of your love to her, you pushed her to get her out! When I finally caught up with everyone in the parking lot, she said she thought of me often & prayed for me most every day! I know we suffered something similar, but never expected that comment from her! Now, Cathy, what a blessing you are & I can’t imagine your pain. I will do anything I can for you if you or another family member reaches out to me! May you have peace knowing how much you did for her!

Jane Thomson

May 16, 2020

Bill and Cathy,
I am so very sorry to hear this news. Betty was a wonderful wife and mother as well as a good friend and neighbor to so many! I remember when she volunteered at Pearl Sample!
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve, but I know there are so many wonderful memories that you have of Betty, that will keep her spirit and laughter close to your heart.
I am keeping you in my prayers, but rejoicing in a life well lived and well loved.
Jane Thomson

Patrick Sheppard

May 15, 2020

Mr. Simms and Cathy,

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Wife and Mother. It was truly a honor to have you share her with me. May God comfort you at this time as you hold fast to the beautiful memories.
God Bless You Always,

Patrick E. Sheppard

Denise Smith

May 15, 2020

Dear Bill and family, We're so sorry to hear about Betty's passing. I'd like to extend our family's sincerest sympathies. Betty was a very sweet and compassionate person. I know that you all will miss her very much. She's resting in God's loving arms with Carol and her siblings. We're here for you all if you need anything. We'll keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you.

Richard Johnson

May 14, 2020

Would like to say how sorry we are for your families loss.......Our prayers for you all during this rough time......at least we know she is in a much better place......Love you all......Rick and Terri Johnson

Richard and Claudia Vento

May 14, 2020

Dear Bill, Cathy and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your wife and mom.

Steve & Margie Southard

May 14, 2020

Bill, Cathy,
Sorry to hear about your wife/mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙏

Dennis Gordon

May 14, 2020

Bill, Cathy and family,
Thoughts and prayers to you in this difficult time. Be comforted in knowing she was loved and respected by all who knew her.


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