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Susan Rumble Sims, 68

February 27, 2009

1940-FEB. 10, 2009

Susan Rumble Sims devoted her life to early childhood education, community activism and womens' rights. She firmly believed that by helping others, the world would be a better place. She died of cancer at the age of 68 on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. A tribute and celebration of Susan's life will be held March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Apostles, United Church of Christ, 336 Barnett Ave., Waynesboro, Pa.

Susan was born in 1940 in Buffalo, N.Y., and grew up in Chester, Va., and Ramsey, N.J., where she attended high school. She was the daughter of John Richmond Rumble and Margaret Kraemer Rumble.

She attended American University, where she majored in Religion and then worked for a variety of social service organizations. Susan made her mark in early childhood education in a career with Head Start that spanned 30 years, beginning as a program assistant in Hagerstown, Md., and culminating as a Regional Review Coordinator, where she organized federal teams to monitor local agencies and programs, until her retirement last year. Her homes included Bloomington, Ind., Mountainview, Calif., Norwalk, Conn., Gaithersburg, Md., and Waynesboro, Pa., where she was a longtime resident.

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Over the years, Susan was both a grass roots activist enjoying collaboration with neighbors at the heart of her communities as well as a board member of numerous not-for-profit organizations such as the Waynesboro Day Care Center, The Marvin Intergenerational Childcare and Senior Housing Facility in Norwalk, and Hospice of Washington County, Md. Her volunteer affiliations and efforts were vast and varied, including service to the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Calif., the Silvermine Community Association, College Club, Garden Club, Rotary Club, League of Women Voters and Historical Society in Waynesboro. Susan was also Consistory President, a Christian education teacher and served on several church committees at the Church of the Apostles in Waynesboro, where her tribute is being held.

Susan was the oldest of three siblings and was outgoing, independent-minded and generous in spirit, with her volunteering and with her friendships. She loved to travel, read, garden, entertain, and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dr. James Stephen Sims of Gaithersburg; brothers, James Rumble of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Dr. John Rumble Jr. of Gaithersburg; daughters, Kraemer Sims Becker of Westport, Conn., and Christie Sims of Seattle, Wash.; and son, Taylor Hanks Sims of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren and her mother, Margaret Kraemer Rumble of Gaithersburg.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Susan's honor to the three following organizations: Friends of the Hamilton Memorial Free Library at 42 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA, www.ahmfl.org; The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, "Yale Zigler Center," Yale University School of Medicine, Office of Development, Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-8559, www.ziglercenter.yale.edu; and The National Hospice Foundation, 1731 King St., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, www.nationalhospicefoundation.org.

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