Gwendolyn Gay Sims

September 7, 1935 - September 17, 2017
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Gwendolyn Gay Jones Sims, 82, of Hobart, Oklahoma passed away early Sunday morning September 17, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Gwen was born on September 7, 1935 at Elkview General Hospital in Hobart to John and Frances (Shew) Jones. She graduated from Hobart High School in 1953 and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1957 with a Bachelors of Art in elementary education. On April 8, 1957 Gwen married Louis Sims and they raised five children: Carol, William (Bill), Janice, Joy and Anne.

Gwen began her teaching career in Denver, CO, and later taught in Kansas City, MO, Topeka, KS; and Fort Sill, OK school districts. After taking a short break to concentrate on raising her children she returned to work at the Northern Virginia Community College business administration office. Later when Gwen and Louis moved to Houston, TX, she began working as a property manager. After many years as a property manager she returned to business administration at Houston’s Community College. Gwen and her husband Louis returned to Hobart in 1994 where for a short time, Gwen was office manager in her son’s private medical practice.

Her love for Hobart motivated her to dedicate countless hours at Hobart Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Hobart Public Library and the Quartz Mountain Resort and Conference Center. Gwen’s capacity for volunteer work extended to her involvement in the Hobart PEO Chapter, Fortnightly Research Club; an Ombudsman at Ayers Nursing Home in Snyder, OK and a Pink Lady at the Elkview General Hospital. Gwen touched many lives with her friendly smile, generous spirit and warm hugs. Every day there are reminders of Gwen’s commitment to Hobart in her work on raising funds for the development of Hovaka Park and restoration of the marquee at former Kiowa Theater on Main Street. She loved her church family at the Presbyterian Church in Hobart being a part of the Church Session Board and the weekly Prayer Group.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Karen Crabtree and Ann Hartzog. Gwen is survived by her best friend and husband Louis, daughter Carol Sims and her finance Tim Binghom of Hobart OK, her son Dr. William Sims and his wife Amy Sims of Hobart, OK; and daughters Janice Sims and husband Glen Harrison of Washington, DC, Joy Cook and husband Dale Cook of College Station, TX and Anne Sims of Kingwood, TX. Gwen is also survived by loving grandchildren Matthew Burton, Heather Sims, Joshua Sims and wife Carolyn, Annie Wilson and Sam Wilson, Alexandra Cook, Brooke Rogers and great-grand daughter Violet Sims.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hobart Public Library in Gwen’s name. A memorial Service to celebrate Gwen’s life and her everlasting influence will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hobart, OK. Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Hobart, OK.

Service Information

Date: October 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 am

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David McKay
Lone Wolf, OK
Lou and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gwen was a wonderful lady who I am glad to have gotten to know. May the promises of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
Christi Christian
Hobart, OK
Gwen was quite the lady and will be greatly missed. She touched the lives of many. Prayers of comfort and peace in the coming days. Love to you all.
Mona Barnes Wheeler
Hobart, OK
Praying for the family. Gwen and I went to PT together. She was an amazing woman who made me laugh! Heaven definitely gained an amazing angel!!!!
Cheryl wall
Hobart, OK
Gwen was such a sweet lady and always had a smile in her face.  She will be missed.
Connie Ard
Hobart, OK
I loved Gwen and I will miss her. Gwen loved her family and friends and that was evident in the way she lived her life. I'm in prayer for Lou and all their children. and grandchildren. Gwen's light will shine forever now
Shelley Bookout
Dill City, OK
Lou, it was an honor to have met your beautiful bride.  She was a wonderful lady. I heard so much about her from you and Carol. My heart is broken for you and filled with joy at the same time knowing what a beautiful soul she was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family.
Laura Jones
Hobart, OK
Such a beautiful lady, always smiling. Prayers to the family
Gaylon and Judy Barger
Hobart, OK
Gwen was a sweet lady, knew her forever. Gaylon and Judy Barger
Mary Lou Perkey
Hobart, OK
My sincerest sympathy to the Sims family......
Beverly And Mackenzie Gaddis
Sylva, NC
Bill and Amy,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Mackenzie enjoyed meeting your mom when they were there this Summer. Prayers for your family.
Shelia Pound
Hobart, OK
My prayers are with the family I will always remember Gwen's kindness toward my brother
Bill and Susan Gentry
Hobart, OK
Lou and family: I will always remember how outgoing she was and how she was always helping others by her volunteer service in some many organizations that reached out to help others.  Please know you and your family are in our prayers.
Brenda Northrip
Hobart, OK
Prayers for the family. Comfort and Peace in the knowledge that she is with her Lord and Savior. Will miss that smile!
Loretta Keaner
Lansing, MI
What a lovely, lasting legacy Gwen has left for her family and all who have been blessed by knowing her. Prayers for you, Lou and your family. May you feel God's arms around you.
Priscilla Salyers
Oklahoma City, OK
Lou and family, I am saddened to hear of your loss.  Gwen was such a delight and I enjoyed seeing and visiting with her every year at our annual get together and she will be greatly missed..  Praying for your family.
Rad and Nancy Jones
Oakland, MI
Lou and family, It was a blessing to know Gwen and spend time with her.  We had such good times at recent Secret Service conferences.  We always enjoyed being with her and our heart is heavy with sorry but also filled with the many bright and happy memories we shared with both of you.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your lovely family.
Bill and Mary Rhodunda
Wilmington, DE
Lou and Family: So sorry to hear of Gwen's passing. It is difficult to believe that our friendship with you and Gwen began almost 50 years ago in DC. Gwen was always so positive and happy, even during her recent difficult years. We are all very grateful for having known Gwen.  You, Gwen and your entire family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless.
Paul Rundle
Grand Junction, CO
Dear Lou and Family,
I just opened the email to find your notice of Gwen's passing. I am so sorry to hear our world is less one beautiful person, the only consolation, is that her sole is in Heaven with all the wonderful people we have known together for the past more than fifty years. And the long time trips, parties, work and groups we have shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your great children through this difficult time.

Sincerely, and your friend for life, Paul
John & Norma Schmansky
Powell, OH
Our thoughts and prayers are with both Gwen and Lou.  The loss of a loved one who has been with you for so many years in indeed one of the most saddest times of life.  Take care.
John & Norma Schmansky
Benny and Perla Crosby
Sanford, FL
Lou and family......Our prayers go up for you, your children and Gwen.  As you pass through this veil of tears, please know that we, too, mourn your loss.  May the God of our faith embrace you and the family and give you strength as you deal with this tragic event in your lives.  I miss seeing you my old friend and former colleague of lo these many years.
Caroll Robeson
Nokesville, VA
Lou, I was so very sad to read of the loss of your kind and beautiful wife Gwen. I have many fond memories of her from the time your family spent in DC.  My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this most diffucult time.
Caroll (Scherer) Robeson
Dick and Carolyn Stiener
Clifton, VA
Dear Lou,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  We have wonderful memories of Gwen from our INTERPOL days and were not surprised to read of the positive impact she had on the people and institutions blessed by her presence.  We hope to see you soon at a future AFAUSSS event.  Sincerely, Dick and Carolyn Stiener
Jimmie and Karen Brana
Centralia, WA
Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear wife, Gwen. She was a very lovely lady with so many friends. She always made you welcome in your home.  She is at peace with now with her Lord.
Bob and Marilyn Snow
Annandale, VA
Such shocking news Lou! Marilyn and I were so saddened to hear of Gwen's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.
Pam blackwell
Hobart, OK
Such a beautiful lady with a huge heart.  No matter where I ran into her in town, she always had a smile to offer, spreading her everloving sunshine on everyone who was ever fortunate enough to have known this sweet and gentle soul.  Prayers to her family who so loved her, sincerely Pam Blackwell
Louis Sims
Hobart, OK
Thanks to all of you who have signed the Guest Book and all everywhere that were Gwen's wonderful friends.  She loved you all dearly.
Charles & Sue Albright
Conroe, TX
So sorry to hear about Gwen's passing. She was a special lady and friend. As sad as we are ,we know she is in a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
Diana Zumwalt
Austin, TX
Dear Lou,
I am so sorry to learn of Gwen's passing.  She was a lovely person with an infectious smile.  You are fortunate to have had many happy years together.  Find comfort in those wonderful memories and your close family.  I so appreciated the support you both gave me after Ray's passing.  Know that you now are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rocie Autry-Hammond
Beavercreek, OH
So sad to hear bout Gwen.  Such a wonderful, caring, loving and just plain happy gal who will be missed by so many.  Please know that I am thinking of you all and sending hugs.  ROCIE
Bettye Gleason
Clinton, MS
Lou and family,
Am so very sad to learn of your loss of Gwen.  She was such a beautiful and sweet person! And though it has been a very long time since we were all together during our Chicago days, I have special memories of that time. Jack thought highly of you personally and professionally, and our friendship with both you and Gwen was indeed special!
May God grant you peace and comfort. 
Bettye Gleason
Bill Hancock
Prairie Village, KS
Seeing Gwen always made me happy.  She was a delightful, positive person.  She will be greatly missed.
Ruth & David Henderson
Spicewood, TX
Remembering Gwen…
Hers is a life to be celebrated, celebrated for who she was and how she lived,
for the dreams she followed and the gifts she shared,
for the relationships she nurtured and the people she loved.  We know that everything that made her the love of your life will live on in your heart to keep her close to you.

Our prayers are with you and the family, Lou.  Hugs of sympathy, Ruth & David
Trish Schumacher
Hobart,, OK
Love Mrs, Gwen, loved when Louis, and Gwen came in and ate with us everyday and always said this is our you enjoy Heaven...
Midlothian, IL
My condolences to the Sims family.  May the promise found in the bible at Acts 24: 15 give you comfort and hope.
Rick and Heather Molik
Richmond, TX
Lou, My wife and I were in such shock when we learned of Gwen's passing.  You both have meant so much to me and my family other the years through our working relationship and as friends.  We will miss Gwen but at this time we will celebrate the wonderful life she lead and know that she is in a much better place now.  My wife and I have and will continue to say prayers for you and your family in this time of healing.

Love, Rick, Heather and family
Linda Feltz
Brush, CO
The most precious gift you and Gwen could give is your children.
Thank you for Janice she indeed must be a reflection of her wonderful mother.
We love her and pray you will fill our presence surround you at this difficult time.
Linda and Paul
Kingwood, TX
My thoughts and prayers goto to the entire Sims family.
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