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Jun. 13, 1934 - Jul. 28, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY June Battle Sims, 79, Oklahoma City, OK, retired school teacher, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. She was born June 13, 1934, in Goose Creek, TX, to Paul Ellis Battle and Annie Mae (Dill-ingham) Battle. June attended school in Barbers Hill and graduated from high school as Valedictorian in Big Lake, TX in 1952. She received her BA in Home Economics from the University of North Texas in 1956 and her Master's in Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1962. June's first teaching job was in McCamey, TX, where she met Joe Sims. They were married in Colbert, OK, on June 23, 1956. Joe and June then relocated to Texas City, TX, where Jana and Joni were born. They soon moved to Ada, OK, where Joe took a position at East Central University. June taught Head Start and was a reading specialist for schools in the Ada area, including Byng, Sapulpa, Pickett-Center, and Francis. Their son, Joel, was born in Ada. June was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ada. She had many friends from her church and her involvement with the Ada Artists Association, East Central University, and the Ada Elks Lodge. She enjoyed traveling the world, painting, and playing cards with friends, neighbors, and family. June was preceded in death by her husband, who died March 6, 1996. June is survived by her son, Joel Paul Sims and wife Rima of San Diego, CA; daughters, Jana Sims Winfree of Oklahoma City, and Joni Sims Lachman and husband Mark Lachman of San Francisco, CA; brothers. Edward Battle and wife Meme of Calgary, Canada, and Ernie Battle and wife Patsy of Lufkin, TX; grandchildren, Walter Ryan Winfree and girlfriend Jenny Towery of Memphis, TN, William Riley Winfree and wife Diana Robertson Winfree of Chicago, IL, Mia Joanna Winfree of Oklahoma City, Grace Sophia Lachman and Lillian June Lachman of San Francisco, CA, and Jamila Butiong Sims of San Diego, CA. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM, Monday, August 12, First Presbyterian Church of Ada; interment at 2:30 PM at the Garden of Memories Cemetery of Colbert, OK. For memorials, the family has designated the First Presbyterian Church Mission Fund or the Joe Sims Scholarship for Cartography and Geography Majors, East Central University. Arrangements by Moore Funeral and Cremation.

Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 4, 2013
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