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02/15/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Helen Canaday Simms

Helen Frances Canaday Simms
(24 Dec 1919 - 13 Feb 2014)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is more sad news this Sunday morning.   Helen Canaday Simms passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015 at her home at Lakewood Manor in Richmond at the age of 95.

   Widow of the  Rev. Mr. Albert E. Simms (d. 29 Dec 2003), pastor of Calvary Baptist Church from 1945 to 1960, she was the mother of Mary Helen Simms Patterson of VA,   Al Simms ('60) of Northern VA, and David Simms of VA.


 From the Daily Press - 02/15/15:

            Helen Canaday Simms

      RICHMOND - Simms, Mrs. Helen Canaday, (95), a retired employee of Lakewood Manor Retirement Community in Richmond, died Friday, February 13, 2015, at her home at Lakewood Manor.

Born in Vermillion, SD, while her father was a professor at the University of South Dakota, Mrs. Simms was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Ernest F. Canaday. When she was 7 months old, her family relocated to Raleigh, NC, where her father was head of the math department at Meredith College for 44 years.

She was educated in the Raleigh Public Schools and later graduated from Meredith College with honors, being inducted into the Kappa Nu Sigma Honor Society.

Mrs. Simms was predeceased in 2003 by her husband, the Rev. Mr. Albert E. Simms.

She is survived by their daughter, Mary Helen Patterson and her husband, Kendall W. Patterson, of Richmond, their sons, Albert E. Simms, Jr., and his wife, Lois A. Simms, of Fredericksburg, and David E. Simms and his wife, Anne S. Simms, of Lynchburg, and by their eight grandchildren: Richard A. Simms (Vanessa) of Fredericksburg, Rebecca P. Crutcher (Mark) of Lancaster, PA, Amy S. Easterling (Ray) of St Louis, MO, Martha S. Mikell (Abe) of Stuarts Draft, Stephen G. Patterson (Jennifer) of Charlottesville, Laura S. Webb of Lynchburg, Hallie S. Holland (Joe) of Culpeper and Meg S. Smith of Lynchburg, and by twenty great grandchildren.

 
Helen Canaday Simms
 
 
Also surviving is her sister, Mrs. Mary Ann (Stewart B.) Simms of Greer, SC.

A lifelong active churchwoman, Mrs. Simms was a member of Derbyshire Baptist Church where she served as an officer in the Woman's Missionary Union, a member of the Chancel and Golden Tones Choirs, and on various committees.

Before moving to Richmond in 1974, she served as teacher of children and adults, choir member and WMU leader in churches where her husband was pastor in Lynchburg (Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church) and Newport News (Calvary Baptist Church) and in North Carolina.

She served as Recording Secretary of the Virginia Woman's Missionary Union 1976-81 and as Clerk of the Lynchburg Baptist Association 1969-73. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Richmond Baptist Association, the Executive Board of the RBA Woman's Missionary Union, the Meredith College Alumnae Board, and the Nathaniel Bacon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was employed as Administrative Assistant/Admissions Consultant at Lakewood Manor from its beginning in 1974 until retirement in 1983. She also served as a volunteer at the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and in the libraries of her church and of Lakewood Manor.

A Memorial Service will be held in The Simms Center at Lakewood Manor located at 1900 Lauderdale Drive in Richmond, VA on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 2:00 PM. The family will be available for visitation at 1:00 PM in the Living Room area adjacent to The Simms Center and also after the 2:00 PM service.

Woody Funeral Home Parham is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond at PO Box 9157, Richmond, VA 23227, to Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607-5298, or to the Lakewood Manor Benevolent Fund, 1900 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA, 23238.

Condolences may be offered at http://www.woodyfuneralhomeparham.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on February 15, 2015.
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February 15
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As President of Woody Funeral Home, I extend our deepest sympathy from all our staff for your loss. We are committed to providing the utmost care to you at this time and throughout the days to come. Our purpose is to assist and serve you in a manner that exceeds your expectations. We pledge to strive to merit the trust you have reposed in us.
 
 

February 15, 2015

Mary Helen, little Al, and David,
We have wonderful memories of your beautiful mother at Calvary Baptist in the 1950's. May God bless you at this time.

~ Lucy and Mary Frances Southall

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February 16, 2015 

Mary Helen, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My mom called to let me know as soon as she heard. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Your little sis from Meredith, Ellen Manson Moore

~ Ellen Moore, Midlothian, Virginia

 

February 17, 2015 

Prayers and condolences to David and the family in the loss of one who faithfully served the Lord and her family.

~ Frank Sabatini, Dominion Metallurgical, Carlisle, Pennsylvania


February 17, 2015 

I worked with Mrs. Simms at Lakewood Manor when it first opened. We shared an office in one of the apartments and even shared a telephone, stapler and tape dispenser. She was a lovely lady and did everything at Lakewood Manor.

My condolences to the family.

Nancy Fulton Burks

~ Nancy Burks, Richmond, Virginia

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Simms' family and their friends at this time.


 Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

(The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan.
Or Pokagon, Michigan.
Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.)
 

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

 


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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 03/15/05

Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.iconbazaar.com/holidays/christmas/banners/index.html - 12/27/07

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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