Peacefully at the Blue Water Rest Home on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, Edna Sims, formerly of Exeter and Hurondale in her 93rd year. Beloved wife of the late Evan Sims (2005). Loved and cherished by her children, Lori (Paul D’Auvergne) of Oakville, the late Steve (2002), Jane (Chris Harvey) of London and Bob of Exeter. Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Trevor Sims of Stratford, Calvin Sims of Hamilton; William Harvey of London and Emma Harvey of London, currently residing in New Haven, Connecticut. Lovingly remembered by her brother-in-law David Slorach of Oakville, sister-in-law Audrey Bentley of Exeter, and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by her parents George and Emma Bayley; sisters and brothers-in law Marion and Charlie Kennington, Addie and Fergus McKay, Marjorie and Lewis Dutot, Verna and Bob Morgan, Joyce Slorach; parents-in-law Bill and Gladys Sims; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Labelle and Mervin Schmetzer and brother-in-law Walter Bentley.
Born Edna Muriel Bayley on August 16, 1931 in Hullett Township, she was the fifth of the six Bayley girls, and part of a large and loving family. Faith, family and friends were the foundations of her life. After meeting Evan at a dance in Clinton in 1949, they married in 1953 and settled on the family farm at Hurondale, their home for 52 years.
Edna made lasting connections with everyone she knew. She created a warm and loving home and welcomed all visitors. She cherished her neighbours and cared deeply for her friends and community. She was a faithful member of Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church where she served for decades on the board as vestry clerk and as a longtime member of the A.C.W. and the choir. Her home sparkled and so did she. Above all, she was an exceptional mother who was enormously proud of her kids and grandkids.
Edna and Evan moved to Exeter in 2004. After Evan’s death, she carried on at her John Street home until Alzheimer’s began to rob her of her independence. For the last seven years, she has been cared for at the Blue Water Rest Home by an extraordinary staff. Edna’s family can’t thank them enough for their kindness and support during her lengthy illness.
A celebration of Edna’s life is planned at Trivitt Memorial Church, 264 Main Street South, EXETER on Monday, January 29, 2024 with visitation from 11 AM – 1 PM. Service to follow at 1 PM with Rev. Wendy Mencel officiating. Cremation to follow, a private family interment is planned for a later date at the Exeter Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich.