Elinor Rubie Sims was called home Thursday, February 6, 2020 in South Bend, Indiana at the age of 109 years old. She said for her longevity, “I just take it one day at a time.”
Affectionately known as “Rubie”, she was born December 31, 1910 in Greenfield, Tennessee. She was born to the union of William R. and Lula (Richie) Sims. She married Jewel Higgs and later divorced.
Rubie had a passion for sewing (she made a lot of her own clothing) and quilting. She was raised on a farm in Tennessee milking cows, canning, picking cotton and strawberries. She was known to send packages to her nieces and nephew throughout her life. Rubie moved to Lansing, Michigan where she worked in Housekeeping and retired from there. She later moved to South Bend, Indiana in 2006.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Dennis (Toni) Luster Sr. of Tennessee, Barbara (William) Dukes, Billy Luster, Carolyn (Jerome) Prince and Tolies Word II all of South Bend, Indiana. Grandnieces and grandnephews: Dennis Luster, Jr., Tonoa Luster-Murrell, Michael (Kim) Dukes, Brian Dukes, Christina Dukes-Powers, Rhonda Luster, Shanelle Prince, Jerome Prince III, Danielle Word and Marvin Word. Willie Thomas, Doris Jean Thomas-Brent, Dorothy Thomas, Katie Lee Thomas, Eddie Joe Thomas, Gail Lumon Thomas, Samantha Weatherspoon, Valerie Harris, Alisha Harris and Steven Harris; and a host of many, many more.
Rubie was preceded in death by her parents, William R. and Lula Sims; her sisters: Ruthie Lee Sims, Velma Word and Jimmie Luster; brothers: Bennie and William Sims.
The family would like to thank Healthwin Specialized Care for the devoted attention and care that she received from the staff.
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