Clyde Irene Ford Sims, 96, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Arcadia, Fla.
She was born Aug. 14, 1916, in Cubitis, Fla., a rural community in DeSoto County, Fla., to William and Annie Roan Ford.
Clyde worked for the packing houses that no longer operate. She traveled across the U.S. with her second husband, installing missile silos, and was in Roswell, N.M., at the time of the Roswell incident. Clyde lived on the East Coast during the early years of the Apollo Space Program. She moved back to Arcadia in the early ’70s, becoming a health care provider for her family and friends. Clyde was a member of Arcadia Church of God.
Survivors are her son, Ralph Cutchen of Arcadia; sister, Jimmie Albritton of Port Charlotte, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Norma Jean Griffin.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the grave side at Joshua Creek Cemetery in Arcadia. The Rev. Ellis Cross will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arcadia Tidewell Hospice, 917 N. Arcadia Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266. Online condolences may be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com.
Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services.