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Valerie Sims

February 4, 1949 July 5, 2019
Valerie Sims
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Valerie Sims was born on February 4, 1949 in Newark, NJ to the late Fred and Bessie Washington. She made her transition on July 5, 2019.

Valerie grew up in the Hyatt court projects and was educated in the Newark Public School system. She attended Hawkins Street Elementary School and later graduated from East Side High School.

Valerie’s first place of employment was at Prudential in Newark, NJ as a Secretary. She later made the change to NJ Bell Atlantic which later became Verizon as a computer operator. She retired after 35 years of service. She then became employed at the United States Post Office in Kearny.

At the age of 19, Valerie married her high school sweetheart and childhood friend, William (Billy) Sims (deceased). To this union they created two beautiful daughters, Michelle Sharese Swanson and Knishon Renee Sims.

Upon retirement she eventually found her way in residence to St. Mary’s Villa in Newark, NJ. Thus, she became secretary of the Tenants Association. She also taught crocheting classes for seniors during Arts & Crafts. She played a huge role at St. Mary’s Villa.

Throughout her life she maintained her passion for photography. Her family and friends were always her muse and inspiration.

Valerie Sims had a big heart and was always there to lend a helping hand. She always believed in “family first”. She will truly be missed.

Valerie’s memory will be forever etched in the hearts of her sisters Vianne Williams and Antoinette Joyner, daughters Michelle Sharese Swanson and Knishon Renee Sims, her grandchildren Ashley Sharise Sims-Swanson, Ayesha Shanice Sims-Atkins and Ashaad Shaquese Evans. Valerie also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and other relatives and friends.

Valerie was preceded in death by her lifetime love, her husband William Sims, and her beloved older sister Marrietta Washington.

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6:00 PM 7/15/2019 6:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 7/15/2019 9:00:00 PM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Perry Funeral Home
34 Mercer St. Newark 07103 NJ
United States

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1:00 PM 7/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Perry Funeral Home
34 Mercer St. Newark 07103 NJ
United States

Cemetery Details


Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place

1137 North Broad Street
Hillside, NJ .

1137 North Broad Street Hillside . NJ
United States

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