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Louann (Bruce) Sims

May 14, 1930 — September 21, 2019


Louann (Bruce) Sims, 89, of Marion, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30 am at her home lovingly surrounded by her family.

Louann was born May 14, 1930 in Effingham the daughter of Frank and Ferne (Loye) Bruce. She married Carlyle Ray Sims on February 3, 1951 in Marion and together they shared over 67 years of marriage. Carlyle preceded her in death on April 12, 2018. Louann and Carlyle had one son, Darrell Bruce Sims, who preceded them in death in 1988.

She graduated high school in 1948, in her youth she loved riding and showing horses. For over 25 years Louann was the Librarian at Marion High School.  Her memberships included the First Christian Church of Marion, Delta Theta Tau and the Clio Club.  Louann and Carlyle were avid supporters of Purdue University and the proud founders of the Darrell B. Sims Cancer Center at Purdue University.  She helped to organize the first female glee club scholarship, she  also served as a member of the Presidents Council and  the John Purdue Club .

Louann’s family and friends surviving  are left with the fondest memories of this kind and warm aunt, friend and educator.

Nieces; Diana Murphy and husband Mike of Peachtree City, Georgia

Rebecca Lawrence of Riverside, California

Annette Walker and husband Darrel of Riverside, California

Jannette Johnson and husband Allen of Riverside, California

Kim Adams and husband Dave of San Juan Capistrano, California

Carole Whitmore and husband Henry of Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania

Susan Humphrey and husband Mike of Marion

Sally Reese and husband Doug of Barrington

Jane Hargis of Marion

Nephew –B.W. Bruce and wife Jerianne of Marion

Sister-in-law – Lois Jane Bruce of Marion

Special friends – Peggy and Ray Altmix of Marion

Many longtime friends

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Son – Darrell Bruce Sims, Brother - Ben Bruce, Sister - Lorelei Bujdoso and her husband Ted, Nephew – William Hardy and Niece – Ann Rushing.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Father Richard Mohr officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 10:00am until 12:00pm on Friday, September 27, 2018 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to the Darrell B. Sims Cancer Research Foundation or the Unit 2 Foundation/Darrell B. Sims Scholarship Fund.  Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N. Market Street; Marion, IL 62959. 

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Service Schedule

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Starts at 12:00 pm

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

800 North Market Street, Marion, IL 62959

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