Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Rosemary Sims Memorial
Rosemary Sims Memorial

Rosemary Sims

Rosemary Sims

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Rosemary Kay Sims, born September 8, 1948 in O’Neill, Nebraska, passed away August 10, 2020 at the age of 71.  She was the fifth of seven children born to Vern and Loretta (Lanman) Grenier.

Rosemary was a longtime resident of Skagit Valley having moved with her family from Nebraska to the beautiful Skagit Valley when she was in middle school.  Her family eventually moved to Sedro-Woolley, WA, where Rosemary graduated High School in 1966.  She married Earl Sims of Oklahoma City, OK in 1970.  After a brief stay in OK, the couple moved back to the Skagit Valley where they began their family.

Rosemary had a long career as a dispatcher for the Sedro-Woolley, Burlington and Mt. Vernon Police Departments.  She retired from the Burlington Police Department in 2018.  Rosemary enjoyed her career in law enforcement immensely.  Outside of work, her interests included bowling, fast-draw, cooking, reading and the occasional trip to the casino, where she loved to play the slot machines, but most of all she loved spending time with her seven grandchildren.

Rosemary is survived by her children, daughter, Priscilla (Fausto) Sims of Nashville, TN, son, Jared (Kimmy) Sims of Lakewood, WA, son, Riordan (Anna) Sims of Sedro-Woolley, WA and daughter, Tanis Sims of Burlington, WA; seven grandchildren, Tayshia, Corbin, Elias, Brayden, Journee, Kabel and Owen; three siblings, brothers, Vern (Michelle) Grenier of Sedro-Woolley, WA, Kevin Grenier of OR and Roy Grenier of Sedro-Woolley, WA; nieces and nephews, David, Mike, Carla and Patrick, Stacy (Gary) Claybo of Rockport, WA, Adam, David,  Ryan, Vern Louis (Polly), Sky, Rose, Amy and Jamie; special people, Vicki Grenier and Bill Wooding of Anacortes, WA; brother-in-law, Royce White of AL.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Loretta and Vern Grenier; older siblings, Patricia White of AL, Sharolyn Groves of Mt. Vernon, WA and Robert Grenier of Ferndale, WA.

A family gathering will be held in the near future at a time to be announced.  Please share your memories of Rosemary and sign the online guest register


  • Kathie Childers Hansen

    I have a lot of happy memories playing with Rosemary and her siblings! I remember her donkey we rode in the fields and how much fun we had in Civil Air Patrol. Loved Loretta- she taught me a lot of stuff and was an excellent cook. I had tried to find Rosemary a couple times in these last few years, but she wasn’t on FB. Let me know if you havea rememberance I would love to come

  • Dave and Christy Stafford

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosemary’s family. She so loved her family and grandchildren. Wonderful lady. Rest in peace Rosemary.

  • Lucy and George Fair

    We knew Rosemary and Earl sims as far back as the 70’s when her husband Earl was in Fast Draw with us.
    We spent a lot of time with them when their kids and ours were very young.
    We have kept in touch with their lives through Rosemary’s niece, Stacy Claybo. We are very sorry for her departure.
    Our condolences to the family.

  • Kelly Visten

    I am so sorry about the passing of Rosemary. I enjoyed working with her at the Burlington Police Department and still miss her today. She loved to tell stories of the ‘old days’ at the department and her love for her children and grandchildren was her greatest treasure. She was so supportive of me and my life choices and I will always be grateful for that. Love and hugs to you all.

  • Stacie Brock

    I will never forget the memories of our family growing up with your family when we were all really young!
    I really missed those yrs.

  • Robin Blair

    So sorry to hear of your passing. I loved working with you while I was at BPD. Blessings to you and you family

  • Patti J Baines

    I will miss her sharp wit and sense of humor
    and will long remember picking Asian pears
    off the tree in the yard, while avoiding the
    yellow jackets that she said “only sting Roy”
    Rest in Peace Miss Rosemary