- Published: December 8, 2011
Linda was born on Oct. 12, 1947 in Charleston, W.Va.. She was a 1969 graduate of Wilberforce University and a distinguished member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Linda leaves a lasting impression in both social services and early childhood education. She worked for Catholic Social Services as the director of Miami Valley Family Care Center. During her 30 years of service, she was a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC. Linda’s commitment and dedication guided the center through numerous transformations and achievements, including national accreditation. She also was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Development Assessment of Young Children, or DAYC, for her contributions to early childhood education.
Linda is survived by her husband of 44 years, Gerald Simms, daughters Leslie (Kelvin) White of Yellow Springs and Mikasa (Richard) Armstrong of Fairborn, grandsons Bryce and Jordan White, her sisters Murrial (Mark) Berkley of Charlotte, N.C., Carol (Scot) Speakman of Yellow Springs and Mary Francis (Willie) Brooks of Charleston, W.Va., nephew Brian Robles and his daughter Brea of Killeen, Texas, step-mother Donna Stillwell of Charleston, W.Va., mother-in-law Elizabeth Simms, cousin Frank (Sharon) Stillwell of Riverside, Calif., sisters- in-law, Patricia Greenlea, Jacqueline (Robert) Redman, Judith Simms and Marva Simms, all of Caledonia, N.Y., brothers- in- law Thomas (Gloria) Simms of Charlotte, N.C. and Lewis (Ilene)Simms of Stoughton, Mass. and a host of nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Lindon and Thelma Stillwell of Charleston, W.Va.
Services for Linda Simms were held Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs, with Reverend Joe Hinds officiating.