Rita Boyer Simms, age 78, has passed away at White Oak of Newberry, S.C. on July 16. She was born on February 1, 1934 to Herbert and Clara Langlois Boyer in Massena, N.Y.
She graduated from Massena High School in 1955 and attended Albany Business School where she met Norman Simms in 1957. The two married and settled in Sag Harbor in 1958 to raise their family. Norman became employed at the pharmacy they would eventually own. The couple were the owners/operators of the Sag Harbor Pharmacy from 1962 to 1978.
After selling the business in 1978, the Simms moved to Jupiter, Fla. and later to Holiday, Fla. where they retired alongside many friends from the Sag Harbor area. Norman M. Simms passed away in 2004.
Mrs. Simms was a member of the Old Whalers’ Church, instrumental in founding the Merchants Association of Sag Harbor, very active in the Lions Club and an avid contributor to numerous school related events.
Survivors include her children, Laurie Ann Simms of Sag Harbor, Scott Norman Simms (Anneda) of West Columbia, S.C. and Carolyn Mary Simms (Dennis Spafford) of West Palm Beach, Fla. Grandchildren include Gregory Simms of Apollo Beach, Fla., Ashley Broecker of Buffalo, N.Y., Kerry Simms of Davenport, Fla. and William Simms of West Columbia, S.C.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Simms is predeceased by her two brothers, Raymond Boyer and Robert Boyer.
A graveside memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Oakland Cemetery, Sag Harbor, on Thursday afternoon July 26 and her remains will be interned beside her husband. Yardley and Pino funeral home will handle arraignments. Memorials may be made to the Old Whalers’ Church or the Sag Harbor Fire Department.