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Loula Rae Sims

11/21/1934 - 04/27/2021


Obituary For Loula Rae Sims

Loula Rae “Lou” Sims, 86, formerly of Sweet Springs, MO, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021.

Loula Rae was born on November 21st, 1934, in Curryville, MO, to the late Mr. & Mrs. Ira & Clara (Sisson) Sparks. The family later relocated to the Malta Bend area, and Mrs. Sims graduated Malta Bend High School in 1952. 

While in school, she met the love of her life, whom she married just a few months after graduation. On December 20th of 1952, she married the late Kenneth L. Sims. Kenneth and Loula Rae bought a home on Locust street, and were well known by many in the community. They were two of the kindest and funnest people to be around. Whenever they could, they drove to Warrensburg, MO VFW hall to square dance the nights away. Lou also cooked at least one meal for everyone in Sweet Springs, as she spent over 30 years as a cook, the majority of these years was at  the “V” Restaurant. She was especially known for her pies.
In April of 1958, they welcomed their one, and only, child, Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Sims. Kenny Ray went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Donna Arndt, in 1977, and the young couple welcomed a baby girl, Kimberly, in October 1979. 

The celebration of new life was soon shattered by the shock of tragedy, when Kenny Ray was hit and killed by a drunk driver, before his daughter turned a month old. Despite burying their only child at such a young age, the couple leaned on one another, and found a way to see the world the way they always had. Finding the strength to smile and eventually, laugh, again. 

Kenny’s wife remarried in 1982, to Wayne Raines, of Nelson. Wayne & Donna Raines moved to Otterville, MO, where they welcomed two more children. Loula Rae treated them all as family, just the same. And with that, she was blessed with bonus grandchildren, great-grandchildren and as she would tell anyone who would listen, her bonus son-in-law, Wayne.

Besides her husband and son, Loula Rae was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Aracely González; a brother, William “Bill” Sparks; and two sisters, Irene Lindsey and Anna Marie Brown. 

She is survived by her granddaughter, Kimberly (Javier) González, of Sedalia, MO; her bonus son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Donna Raines, of Otterville, MO; two bonus grandchildren, Melody (Eric) Arnold, of Sweet Springs, MO, and Kevin (Kelsey) Raines of Florence, MO; six great-granddaughters: Claudia, Marcella, Kennedy, Kaydence, Kimberly, and Annabelle; close friends Merle and Evonne Trelow, of Mt. Leonard, MO; and her nieces and nephews: Barry and Crystal Sparks, Edwin and Rosemary Brown, Evelyn Constable, Dona and Junior Rifle, Ernie Brown, and Tom Sparks.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2021, at Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Marshall, MO with Pastor Logan Patrick officiating.

The family would like to especially thank and acknowledge the hardworking and kind staff of The Essex in Sedalia, Fairview Nursing Home and Crossroads Hospice.

Arrangements are in the care of Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, MO.





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Sunset Gardens Cemetery
1801 S Odell Ave
Marshall, MO 65340

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  • What a wonderful, hard working woman. I opened on the weekends at the V Restraunt with this beautiful lady who was an angle in an apron. She would always laugh at my complaints. As a teenage girl living a late night social life, having to get to work by 5am was an unwelcome task.... She always had a ready smile and a healthy laugh.......and left a wonderful legacy...the world is in need of more good folks like her. .Lou you have a fantastic reunion with those special men, family and friends, we shall see you soon..... Jane (Coslet) Perkins

  • I have so many memories of Mama Lou when we worked together at Brownsville Station. She and Kenny were two of the sweetest people I had ever met. Her pies may have made her "famous" but her bread pudding was out of this world. We sure have lost another of the best! Rest in peace Mama Lou.

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