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Linda Sims
August 5, 1965 - January 4, 2023

On January 4, 2023, Linda Kaye Sims of Bay, AR departed this worldly life at home surrounded by loved ones. She was fifty-seven years of age. Born to J.L. Sr. and Louvada Clairday, Linda grew up in the small town of Bay, AR and spent most of her life there with her family. Linda was an avid reader. She loved all things red, especially red vintage trucks. Her passion also extended to bird houses and collecting teddy bears. She was of the Baptist faith. Linda was a faithful employee of St. Bernard’s and worked there for many years until she was no longer able. Above all else, Linda loved her family. She was known by many names throughout the family such as Gam, Gamma, Mom, Sister, Aunt Linda, and Sherlock. Being able to spend time with her children and grandchildren made her life complete. Linda is preceded in death by her parents, one sister Connie Sue Maggard, one brother William D Clairday, one brother-in-law Rex Allen Maggard Sr., and her sister-in-law Dixie Jean Clairday.      Linda is survived by her three children, Ronnie Dale Sims, Jr., Jacquelynn Sims, and Holland Sims, all of Bay, AR, the father of her children, Ronnie Sims Sr. of Bay, AR, partner Dean Vinson of Bay,AR, one brother, J.L. Clairday, Jr of Bay, AR, two sisters Joyce Clairday of Bay, AR and Cynthia (Daniel) Rieathbaum of Trumann, AR, and four grandchildren who were her whole world: Kaleb Meine, Zayden Arnold, Lindley Nix, and Connor Nix. Linda is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.       There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 1:00pm at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Trumann, AR. Burial will be at Wilson Cemetery in Harrisburg, AR            In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering and social distancing is optional. An online guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net

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  1. Gerald Patterson , Jonesboro says

    Sorry for y'all lost went to church with her at union grove we had a good group of young people sorry I can't come I have to work that day

  2. Dorothy Warren Peck, Jonesboro, Ar says

    I am so sorry for your loss, i will be praying for your family and all those who loved her so very much. Love Dorothy warren.

  3. Mary Hillis, Heber Springs says

    Love y'all ??

  4. Annie Hammons, Texas says

    Linda was one of the kindest people I knew. You knew that behind that smile was someone you could trust. I was around seven when I met her for the first time and she loved on me just like her own little sister, Cynthia. She will be missed by so many especially her kids and grandkids. Fly high sweet lady.

  5. Terri Thompson , Bay,Arkansas says

    Cynthia, and Joyce, I’m so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. You were both so very blessed to have had her as your sister. Hold on to the memories and she will always be with you. May you both find gods strength and comfort to help you through the upcoming days. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all!

  6. Terri Thompson , Bay,arkansas says

    Linda, you and I were best friends all the way through school and throughout our adulthood. We always said we would be the best friends that caused the most trouble in the nursing home. I will forever treasure the memories I have of you. We spent many nights together staying up all night and laughing until we got in trouble. I’m sorry I never got a chance to visit you as I promised I would. Since David passed away I lost contact with a lot of people, even myself. I love you like my own sister though and will never forget you. I will be visiting your resting place as it is on my way to David’s resting place. Give David, mom and dad a hug for me. Love you always my friend!

  7. Linda Hogue, Jonesboro says

    To the Clairday and Sim's families. I am so very sorry for your loss. I retired from St. Bernard's a year ago and met her at St. Bernard's.. I am originally a Bay native as well, so I knew some of the Clairday's. Linda was a kind soul with a big heart! I know she was a hard worker and cared very much for the patients, and especially her family. She did her job with pride and was a good employee. I know that she worked many days when she didn't feel good but she never let on. Please know you all are in my prayers!

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