of Harrison, AR
October 4, 1938 - July 10, 2020
Katheryn G. Sims Mooney Ervin died July 10 at the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison. She was a 1957 graduate of Harrison High School and a 1969 graduate of the nursing program at Twin Lakes Vocational-Technical School. Through her nursing skills, she built a career in the healthcare profession and made a living for herself and her two young daughters. She retired from the Boone County Hospital/North Arkansas Medical Center, after working on the surgical floor for 21 years. She was known for her excellent and compassionate care of patients. In 1981 she was recognized by the hospital as an outstanding employee. Former patients often stopped her on the street to say "thank you."Katheryn was born at Compton, Arkansas, on Oct. 4, 1938, to Tillman Allan Sims and Jessie LaRue Deakins Sims. She was the third of seven children and grew deep roots during a childhood surrounded by her brothers, sister, and extended family of uncles, aunts, and cousins atop Gaither Mountain. Her early life revolved around the communities of Compton, Hill Top, and Plumlee. Swimming in the "booger hole" was a treasured treat on hot summer days. She developed a love of nature especially rocks, roosters, and native plants such as wild Bee Balm (known in the family as Horse Mint) and Honeysuckle Azalea. She loved historic sites such as the Sims Mill at Compton. After her retirement in 1990, she took up oil painting to capture scenes from the mountain. Family and friends have been blessed with her paintings. Never one to pass up a good yard sale or flea market, Katheryn enjoyed collecting and using depression-era dishes. It was a hobby she shared with her daughters. She loved sewing and made many clothes for her daughters when they were young. She also liked to crochet and made her famous pinecone-patterned doilies for her special friends and family members.Katheryn was a long- time member of Capps Road Church of Christ in Harrison. She loved and depended on her church family. She cherished being a part of the women's bible study group. She was predeceased by her second husband, Mitchel Ervin, her parents, her oldest brother, Harland Sims Sr., and an infant sister, Rhonda Sims. She is survived by her two daughters: Mary Hickman of Harrison and Jackie Stites (Wesley) of Fayetteville; step-sons Ron Ervin (Pat) of Springfield, Missouri, and John Ervin (Reginia, deceased) of Harrison; sister Priscilla Kay Pace of Harrison; brothers Louis Sims (Wilma), Jake Sims (Tina, deceased), and Lester Sims, all of Harrison; grandchildren Claire Stites of West Lafayette, Indiana, Corwin Stites of Annapolis, Maryland, Caroline Stites of Columbia, Missouri; step-grandchildren Carrie Kauffman (Todd) of Berryville, Matt Ervin (Julie) of Seymour, Missouri; and many loving cousins, nieces, a nephew, nephews-in-law, and step-great-grandchildren.Out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic, an open visitation was held at the Roller-Christeson Funeral Home on Monday, July 13, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Funeral was Tuesday, July 14, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery. Norman Sewell of Capps Road Church of Christ will officiate. The service was live-streamed on the Roller-Christeson Funeral Home Facebook Page.Pallbearers were John Ervin, Matt Ervin, Ron Ervin, Lyndon Johnson, Eldon Roberts, and Wesley Stites. The family wishes to thank Dr. Steve Shrum, the nurse practitioners, and the staff of Cornerstone Medical Clinic for their excellent, compassionate care of Katheryn. They ask that memorials be made in her honor to the Nursing Program at North Arkansas College (North Arkansas College Foundation, 1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, AR 72601Twin Lakes Vocational-Technical School and North Arkansas College merged in 1993.
I am so sad to hear the passing of Katheryn. I worked with your Mother for many years on the surgery floor and she did love and took very good care of her patients, I was just thinking of her the other day, Thoughts and Prayers for you both and her family. she was very proud of you girls and talked about you alot.
Prayers for family members during this difficult time. It was such a pleasure and a blessing to get to know Mrs. Kathryn. She will be missed dearly. Heather A. (Cornerstone Medical Clinic)
Sending my sincere sympathy and friendship. She was truly a caring nurse! I also have happy memories of Mitchell and Johnny talking nightly on the CB radio! Friends are a blessing! Jan Ragland
So sorry to hear of Kathryn's passing. So many memories of a dear cousin and years gone by. Kathryn was a sweet , humble person who did not realize her own value.She was indeed a blessing to all who knew her and will be missed by all of her family. Love and prayers for all. May God keep you in His loving hands and give you comfort always.IJeannette
I loved you dearly
So very sorry for your loss.
Thinking of you and sending prayers your way!!