Former Missouri State Sen. Betty Sims Dies

Associated Press

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – Former two-term state Sen. Betty Sims of St. Louis County, a Republican who championed efforts to improve the health of women and children, has died.

Sims’ daughter Molly Sims Weber told The Associated Press that Sims died Monday of complications due to pancreatitis. She was 80.

Sims served in the Senate from 1995 to 2002, representing the central part of St. Louis County. She shepherded legislation combating child abuse. She led legislative victories to require insurance companies to cover reconstructive breast surgery and increase the state allowance of beds for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and mental health issues.

She also helped lead St. Louis groups aimed at mentoring girls.

Sims is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dr. William A. Sims Jr., two daughters, five grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services will be Friday in Clayton.

(? Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Live Inspired
KMOX Podcasts

Listen Live