Neva Olive Sims

August 23, 1924 - May 9, 2022

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Neva Olive Sims, 97, of Urbana, Ohio passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022 in her home with her son by her side.

Neva (NEE-va) was born August 23, 1924 in Painesville, Ohio the daughter of the late Mark and Floy (Penhollow) Johnson and was the only one of the 10 children to be born in a hospital. Neva was raised in Perry, Ohio and was a 1942 graduate of Perry High School.

She married her husband and the love of her life, Jerry in 1947. Together, they had a son in 1953, Douglas.

Jerry was employed from 1957 to 1986 at B.F. Goodrich Tire Company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Akron, Ohio. Neva served as administrative assistant to the Vice President of the University of Alabama where she became a true fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football, "Roll Tide." However, Neva never forgot her Ohio roots.

In 1975, Neva and Jerry, were transferred back to the home office of B.F. Tire Company in Akron, Ohio as he was promoted to the Director of Engineering and Maintenance until his retirement in June, 1986. The couple continued to live in Akron, Ohio until 1994; then moved to Mentor, Ohio. In December 2016, they relocated to Urbana, Ohio.

Neva was a member of the Mentor United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, taking care of the yard and her plants. Neva loved classical music, especially Mozart. She was a member of the Ohio Bell Telephone Open Chorus and continued her love of singing in church choirs. Neva was able to enjoy her dream vacation; she spent a few weeks in Europe including Mozart's Vienna, along with her sister-in-law, Mada. Neva was an exceptional housekeeper, very organized and clean. She made an exceptionally good pumpkin pie and learned many cooking skills from her husband's four sisters.

Neva is survived by her son, Douglas E. Sims, sister, Jesse Sabo and brother, Charles Johnson, as well as 26 nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years, who died in 2019, Gerald R. "Jerry" Sims; brothers, Victor, Dale, Vaughn "Dutch" and Benjamin Johnson; and sisters, Lois Kacur, Vera "Bunny" Johnson and Avelda "Dolly" Weber.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022 and from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022 in the Perry Center Cemetery, Perry, Ohio with Rev. Bev Wrobel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Milton Powell - May 15, 2022
Douglas, I was saddened to to see the passing of your sweet mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family members in your loss. I haven’t spoken with you in a long time and I would like to hear how you are doing. When you have time please email me and let me know what you have been up to. Milton

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