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Marion “Louise” Dawson Sims Bell, 81, passed away peacefully in her home Nov. 16, 2016. She was born May 2, 1935, to Lindsey and Mamie Dawson.
Louise worked at the Williamsburg Pottery and Sentara Williamsburg Hospital, but her greatest works and contributions were to her family and friends.
Most people knew her as Mema and with that name came unrequited love, gentleness, strength, and guidance. For Mema, it was all about her children and family; that’s what motivated her and she lived for. Mema has left behind a priceless legacy…what it is to be both strong and yet a gentle woman.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Richard Creel Sims Jr. and Clarence E. Bell; a daughter, Laura Lee Bell; and son, Richard Wayne Sims. She is survived by her daughter, Robin Sims Burcham Jordan (William); five grandchildren, Holly, Sara, Tyler, Chelsea and Mallory; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Austin, Casey Jr., Colby, Summer, Brayden and Evie.
A funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, at Olive Branch Christian Church, 7643 Richmond Road, Toano. Interment will follow in Williamsburg Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Olive Branch Christian Church Memorial Gift Fund.