On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, Beverly J. Sims (86), a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home. She was born to Virgil V. and Clara Belle (Goodson) McCroskie in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. She enjoyed a wonderful life full of family, faith and love. All that Beverly accomplished in her life with her career, community involvement, and love of family was evident to her last day.
She graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1954. In 1955 she married Judge Thomas E. Sims at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Kansas City, MO and was happily married for 66 years. She studied at Penn Valley to earn an associate degree and went on to accomplish a Masters in Art Education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She passed her passion for art onto her students at Graden Elementary, in the Park Hill School District, where she spent most of her career as an elementary Art Teacher. When she retired from Graden, she continued her love of art teaching at St. Therese Catholic School in Parkville and Accelerated Schools of Overland Park.
Beverly enjoyed hosting social events for the Legal Secretaries Association in Kansas City as part of her husband’s legal career serving as a Judge on the Kansas City Municipal Court. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of North Kansas City and served on the Church Session as well as singing in the choir. She was most recently a member of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Kansas City. She was an avid member and supporter of the Clay County Republicans. Over the years she worked for several notable presidential campaigns and was a member of the First Federated Republican Women’s Club of Clay County (FFRWCCC). She was also very proud to be recently elected to the position of Republican Central Committee Woman District 18-1 for Clay County.
Anyone who knew Beverly would say that she was always laughing and having fun. Beverly loved to travel and had been oversees to many countries but one of her favorite family vacation destinations was Colorado. She was a social butterfly and always made others feel welcome with invitations to join in on the fun. The Sims house was a center for love and friendship through many dinners and shared laughter. Her infectious smile and laugh will be greatly missed by all.
Family was Beverly’s life and was proceeded in death by her husband Thomas E. Sims, Sr. She will be remembered lovingly by her three children Thomas E. Sims, Jr. (Carol) of Liberty, MO, Shelby A. McFadden (Rick) of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Stephen A. Sims of Kansas City, MO. Two grandchildren Trevor A. Beck of Kansas City, MO and Tyler Beck (Nicole) of Stacy, MN along with four great grandchildren. Brother James V. McCroskie (Barbara) of North Kansas City, MO. Nieces and Nephews James McCroskie (Yamir), Robert McCroskie, Michael McCroskie (Dana), Janie Adkins (Dave) all of Kansas City and Jeb Jenkins (Maria) of Shawnee, KS.
Donations in lieu of flowers: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3800 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, MO 64117
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Visitation: 10:00a -11:00a at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3800 NE Parvin Rd, Kansas City, MO 64117
Funeral Service: 11:00a – 12:00p
Graveside Service immediately following: White Chapel Cemetery, 6600 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO 64119