Louise Sims Horton passed away peacefully after a period of failing health on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, NH, she was 97.
Mary Louise Sims was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 4, 1925, the daughter of James Sims and Margaret Mellor. She was a graduate of Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island, a graduate of the Salvation Army Training College and a 1978 graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College. In addition to being a wife and mother, she worked part and full-time jobs to help support the family.
Louise worked for a time as a home healthcare aid. Louise volunteered for decades as a letter writing coordinator for prisoners through the organization Prayer Fellowship, she also personally wrote to hundreds of prisoners over that time. Louise was also a volunteer chaplain with the State of New Hampshire prison system where she would frequently visit prisoners. Louise volunteered at various organizations including the Monadnock Bible Conference, Monadnock Area Mental Health, The Salvation Army of Keene where she was a member, and Maplewood Nursing Home where she would later become a resident.
Louise was not a fancy dresser, not a gourmet cook, never drove a new car, but she loved her family like crazy and loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. Louise read her Bible every day and prayed for all those she knew. Louise had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and today, like the thief on the cross, she enjoys face to face fellowship with the Lord in heaven. Louise had a very subtle sense of humor, never said a bad word about anyone and was probably one of the most kind, gentle people on the planet with a special place in her heart for all those in need. If you knew her, you know what I’m saying is true. If you didn’t know her, you were missing out.
She was predeceased by her husband, Earle W. Horton, her son, John H. Horton, and by her brother, William Sims.
She is survived by her son Earle and his wife, Maxine Horton of Albuquerque, New Mexico, her son James Horton of Easton, Massachusetts, her daughter Sharon Bouchard of Keene, New Hampshire, and her son Marty and his wife Betsy Horton of Memphis, Tennessee. She is also survived by her sister Peggy Prescott of Mystic, Connecticut and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of five, grandmother of 10, and great grandmother of 20.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at 3:00 PM at the Salvation Army Corps Worship and Service Center, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH 03431, the service will also be live-streamed. The family will then gather at the family lot in Mountain View Cemetery in Troy, NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Louise’s name to the Salvation Army in Keene, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH 03431
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