Jane Beardsworth (Sims) Nichols died Wednesday, June 24 at her home near Munfordville after a short battle with cancer. She was born on April 25, 1947 to Thomas and Audrey Johnson Beardsworth. She moved to Hart County as a young girl with her mother, sister, and step-father, Wayne England, and attended Memorial High School. She later graduated from Western Kentucky University, and taught for 27 years at Munfordville Elementary School, as the result of which she is fondly remembered by many of her former students.
Jane never forgot the financial difficulties she experienced in her early life, and was always eager to help those in less fortunate circumstances. She was actively involved in Child Fund International (formerly Christian Children's Fund), and sponsored several children in Africa, Central America, and on Indian reservations in the U.S. She had a home built for one of "her children" in Kenya, and expanded and furnished a school for another in Honduras.
Jane was a member of the Munfordville First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for several years. She was an active volunteer for CASA which helps family courts in dealing with the problems of minor children, and traveled many miles at her own expense in these efforts.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Sharon (Yates) Sturgeon. She is survived by her husband, Clem Nichols, her two children, Vincent Kyle Sims of Munfordville and Angelia (Angie) Fredell of Louisville, two grandchildren, and a niece and nephew.
She had previously chosen cremation and requested no funeral service. She will be buried in the Horse Cave Cemetery alongside her mother and sister. A simple memorial service in anticipated at a later date.
Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.