Sims, Ethel "Doris"

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Ethel “Doris” Sims, 87, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 12, 2009.

She was born Jan. 12, 1922, in Holland, Mich., to Florence (Maatman) and Frank Walters. She was the second of eight children.

Doris met T.R. “Dick” Sims during World War II when they both worked at the “bomber” plant in Ypsilanti, where Doris installed radios in B24s. The couple was married Feb. 14, 1945, and Dick preceded her in death in 1992.

Doris was one of the first non-traditional college students, as she started college after her younger daughter was in first grade. She earned an undergraduate degree in history and education from Siena Heights College and a graduate degree in library science from the University of Michigan. Doris was one of the first teachers at Evergreen High School, where she taught social studies. She retired from Morenci Area Schools in 1985 where she served as librarian.

Doris was a 60-year member of Morenci’s First Congregational Church and the Daughters of the Covenant. She was also past president of the Morenci Garden Club.

Doris was a member of the Michigan Education Association and the University of Michigan Alumni Association. She and Dick were in the stands on many fall Saturdays rooting on the Wolverines.

After retirement, Doris and Dick spent winters in Sebring, Fla. She volunteered at the library and at a home for children, and mentored children in the local school system. She was a member of the Highlands County Audubon Society, Children’s Society of Sebring and Friends of the Sebring Library.

Doris loved her family, friends, students and nature. When her health permitted, she golfed and walked. She also loved reading, quilting, gardening, cooking and bird watching.

Doris is survived by two daughters, Cynthia (and George) Nachtrieb and their children Nancy Dodson and Patrick (and Kerry) Nachtrieb, and Dr. Sylvia Sims and her husband, Bob Maki; a stepson, Richard (and Shari) Wilson and their children Wendi and Todd; four great-grandchildren, Jack and Alex Dodson and Brady and Molly Nachtrieb; two brothers; three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings.

A memorial service is scheduled at the First Congregational Church in Morenci at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, with a luncheon following at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church or Stair Public Library.

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