Yvette Carpenter Sims, 70, dedicated her life to family

Yvette Carpenter Sims, 70
Yvette Carpenter Sims, 70

Yvette Carpenter Sims, 70, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, after a long brave fight against cancer. She was born June 25, 1948, as Marcelle Yvette Carpenter to loving parents, Mrs. Maxine Baxter Carpenter and Dr. Marcel Yves Carpenter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Steve J. Sims and Novella I. Sims; and only son, Baxter William Sims.

She was a graduate of Princess Anne High School (1966) and North Carolina Wesleyan (1971).

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Steve J. Sims II; children, Vachelle Y. Ogden, Marcy S. Ogden (Jason Stichter) and Molly Sims Leonhardt (Gary Leonhardt); two grandsons, Henry and Peter Leonhardt; younger sister, Rochelle A. Carpenter; niece, Chantal L. Dennison, and her three children; and cousin, “Butch” William Baxter (Debbie Baxter) and family.

Yvette lived her entire life in the Virginia Beach area growing up in Thalia. From her childhood memories, she affectionately reminisced often about her many car rides with her veterinarian father on call to the many farms of Princess Anne County. In early motherhood years, she often drove her children to many school-related events; such as, music lessons and rehearsals, to “the pool” at the Sandbridge house to visit her parents, and later, various snowboarding trips with her son and husband. Yvette loved to go to lunch and go to the movies with her husband often, travel to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, every year, hear her son and daughter’s many musical performances, cook for her family and shop with and for her children, where she was uniquely able to always find the perfect outfit, accessories and shoes for you.

During her life, she also loved lunch and dinner chats with her treasured girlfriends on a weekly, and even daily, basis with loving relationships that lasted over 20, 30, 40 to even 60 years with her dearest and oldest friends, Patricia Green Litz and Pat Pisapia, for example.

Yvette loved many people, and even as she struggled these past four years, those many friends kindly helped her endure many of life’s struggles. Nevertheless, unquestionably and lovingly, Yvette dedicated all of her life to her children, husband and family. Unselfishly, Yvette was the strongest and kindest daughter, wife, mother and friend that we were blessed to have and will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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