Catherine Simms, 84, cafeteria worker, artist


Catherine Simms, a retired cafeteria worker and artist, died of heart failure Saturday at Good Samaritan Nursing Center. The longtime Turners Station resident was 84.

She was born Catherine Young and raised in Goochland, Va., and moved to Baltimore in 1943. During World War II, she was a waitress in the employee restaurant at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant and drove a lunch truck to mills.

From the 1970s until retiring in 1983, she was a cafeteria worker at the old Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze plant.

Mrs. Simms enjoyed painting landscape scenes in watercolors and acrylics. She also liked ceramics and playing bingo.

Her husband of 58 years, Horace Simms, a Bethlehem Steel worker, died in 1999.

Mrs. Simms was an active member and served with the pastor's aid committee of Greater St. John Baptist Church, 209 Walnut Ave. in Turners Station, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are a son, Berwyn A. Simms of Edgewood; three daughters, Barbara A. Major of Turners Station, Bessie D. Brown of Baltimore and Brenda D. Parr of Timonium; a sister, Gladys Jones of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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