Mae Elizabeth Reed Sims Betts, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday September 29, 2017.
She was born in Frackville, PA to the late Elizabeth (McLaughlin) and Albert Reed. Mae married Paul Peter Sims in 1956, who died in 1984. They had 3 daughters, Paula Sims (Paul Campbell), Karen Sims Pione (Anthony) and Kae Lynn Freel (James). Mae is also survived by her sister Ruth Stephany (Charlie) and was “Mom Mom” to seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren; Shannon Freel (Matthew DiMaio), Paul Freel (Brittany), Daniel Freel, Shawn Freel (Sara), Anna Pione, Bryan Pione and Catie Marie Campbell. The great grandchildren are Hadley, James and Scarlett. Her second marriage in 1988 to Charlie Betts, who died in 1989, brought a whole new family into her life, Ken, Gary, Laurie, Cheryl and all their families. Mae was also preceded in death by her brother, Albert Lewis Reed.
Mae loved her family, church family, her job of 41 years at H&R Block and her many, many friends. She was a women of faith, lover of life, tax preparer extraordinaire and world traveler. She traveled the world through her books and her trips. She loved her annual vacation to Wildwood and adventures with her sister Ruth and her brother-in-law Charlie. Mae lived life to the fullest.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, October 5, from 6-8 pm, at McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3710 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington. In addition, a visitation will be held from 10-11 am on Friday, October 6, followed by a funeral service at 11 am at Christiana Presbyterian Church, 15 N. Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE 19702. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christiana Presbyterian Church Bell Tower Fund.
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