Darcie D. Sims
May 20, 1947 – Feb 27, 2014
Darcie D. SIMS, PhD., CHT, CT, GMS
Died at home on 2/27/14. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her infant son, Austin “Big A.”
Darcie wore many hats in her short time on this earth. She was a mother, wife, grandmother, educator, leader, rose colored glasses wearer, smile on a stick carrier and friend. She was an internationally recognized public speaker on the topic of Grief and Bereavement. Darcie taught thousands of people all over the world how to cope with their grief. She was awarded a lifetime achievement award, “The Voice of The Compassionate Friends” for her tireless efforts supporting families who cope with the death of a child. Her work for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, TAPS, since 199 was described as, “She will forever live in the hearts of thousands of grieving military families.” Darcie and her husband have lived in the Seattle area since 2005.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Robert “Tony” Sims, daughter, Alicia “Allie” Franklin, granddaughter, Darci Franklin, son-in-law, Greg Franklin and sister, Deborah Switzer of Enid, OK.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Compassionate Friends National Office in support of the Darcie Sims Memorial Training Fund, www.compassionatefriends.org.
Memorial service 1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac.
Please sign the online memorial guestbook at www.bonneywatson.com.
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