Kay Sims


Kay Marlene “Mrs. Catman” Sims passed away on Feb. 13, 2021.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. Harold “Catman” Sims; son-in-law, Manny Gerakios; sister LaRue Hardy (Brooks) of Tyler, Texas; and her three beloved cats, Tortie, Eskimo and Kit Kat.

Kay was born March 29, 1933, into a military family and spent time all over the world from England to Malaysia. She had a fulfilling career helping children and families as a school social worker in Pinellas County, Fla.

After she retired, she and Harold began rescuing cats, and eventually the Catman2 Shelter was built. She spent much of her time helping feed and care for the many rescued cats who found their way to Catman2. After she “retired” from shelter work, she enjoyed going on long car rides, reading and always had a cat on her lap. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to the Catman2 Shelter (catman2.org) or The American Museum of the House Cat (wnccatmuseum.org), both at P.O. Box 2344 Cullowhee, N.C. 28723.