On November 5
, 2017 Our beloved mother, grandma
and GiGi left this world to join her soul mate, Chuck Sims, with the angels.
Gulover Mae Sims was born in the little town of Iraan, Texas
on April 25
, 1930 to Gulover Jackson (G.G.) and her mama, Bettie
Jackson. Mae and her sister Billy Jackson attended seven different high
schools, as the family moved to follow the work. She graduated at seventeen and
met the love of her life, Chuck Sims, a few years later. She would tell us that
he annoyed her purposely until she agreed to date him.
They married shortly after, on July 31
, 1949 in
Casper, Wyoming. They soon had their three daughters, Cheryl, Brenda and Cindy.
Taught by the best, the three girls learned all the ways to annoy her in the
footsteps of their Dad. In a house filled with lots of laughter, pranks, music
and love, they set their roots here in Boise to raise their girls.
After Chuck’s death in 1969, Mae worked the majority of her
career for the State of Idaho until her retirement.
Who she really was is hard to express in just a short
summary of her life for the newspaper.
Grandma Mae, as she was called by most who knew her, was a
woman of extreme compassion. Many kids came through her home and she always had
a meal or a hug, ensuring they had a safe place to be. She never let anyone in
our family walk out the door or hang up the phone without an “I love you. Be
She never met a four legged animal she didn't immediately
love and want to fatten up; even her squirrels were fat. Growing up and living
with her, always included some (or many) four legged fur babies. And feeding
all of the above was one of her favorite ways to show love.
She was feisty and sassy with a razor sharp wit and a loud,
joyful laugh. She had a dead stare that would make you shut your mouth in a hot
second, and an opinion about most things (all things.)
She was force of nature, sometimes subtle, most times not.
She raised her three daughters and grandchildren to be pretty much the same.
From those sisters, she was given seven grand babies to spoil, and they gave
her fifteen great-grand babies.
She adored them all.
She planted and grew that love, kindness, compassion and
spark in all of us. She was the beginning, the place where we all came from.
She was home. We feel honored and blessed that she was ours. She is woven into
each one of us and because of her, we all carry that feisty spirit, with
kindness and strength, mixed with a little bit of obnoxious and a lot of
stubborn. This is our legacy to her and not one of us would have that any other
way. We rejoice at the end of this long good-bye, but she couldn't leave before
she knew we were all going to take care of each other.
We will miss her terribly and our gatherings will be a bit
quieter without her. Rest is peace. We will do our best to make you proud.
Mae is proceeded in death by her husband Chuck Sims, her
parents, G.G. and Bettie and her grandson Mikeal. She is survived by her
daughters, Cheryl Bridges and her husband Ric, Brenda Hunter and her husband
Jerry, Cindy Towner and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Each one
precious and adored by her.
Her husband Chuck is playing his guitar for her and they are
singing together in perfect harmony now; We can hear them both in our hearts.
We love you and miss you, our beloved Mama and Grandma.
A celebration of her life will be held Thursday November 9
at 12pm at the Alden Waggoner Funeral Home at 5400 W Fairview Ave. Boise, ID. Burial
at Dry Creek Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation
in her name to the Idaho Humane Society,
4775 Dorman St. Boise, ID. 83705 208-342-3508