Obituary: Geneva Sue Simms, 79, of Wentzville

Geneva Simms
Posted: May. 14, 2019 4:46 pm

Geneva Sue Simms, 79, of Wentzville, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Peters. 

Friends and family are invited to Geneva's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Private burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Geneva was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Hannibal to James R. and Lela Gertrude Taylor Waid.

She was married to Frederick "Fred" Lauten Simms on Sept. 30, 1960, in Hannibal. He preceded her in death on May 21, 2013.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Frederick Simms (Susanne Marie) of Columbia and Charles Wayne Simms (Melinda Lou) of Wentzville; three brothers, James Franklin Waid (Lou) of St. Peters, Donald Robert Waid (Jo-Jean) of Tucson, Ariz., and John Dean Waid (Marsha) of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Patricia Ann Waid Hooper of Dallas, Texas, Linda Carol Waid Glass of Sikeston and Janice Lee Waid Golian (Dave) of New London. Geneva is also survived by four grandchildren, Robert Bryan Simms, Andrea Bryan Simms, Samantha Renee Simms and Elizabeth Michelle Simms; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Shirley Jean Waid Bock; and three brothers-in-law, Gene Glass, Don Hooper and Dan Bock.

Professionally, Geneva was a registered nurse. She retired as a registered nurse for the State of Missouri.

Geneva's passion was crocheting. She made many keepsakes for friends and family over the years, including blankets, pictures and even stuffed animals. Romance novels, the Food Channel and traveling were a few of Geneva's favorites. In her younger years, Geneva enjoyed spelunking in caves. Most of all, she simply treasured the time she shared with friends and family.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Americn Lung Association.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at


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