GREENWICH, Conn. - Martha Pope Simms of Greenwich died Aug. 5. She was 65.
Simms was born December 4, 1948, in Hattiesburg, Miss., to John B. Pope, Sr. and Mary Anna Mayo Pope. She grew up in Collins, Miss. She attended Mississippi State University, the University of Wyoming and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. After briefly teaching in the local school in Collins she moved to New York city to pursue her professional career. Her first teaching job was at Washington Irving High School, where she taught economics from 1971 till 1975.
After receiving her Masters degree in Economics from Hunter College she joined Brown Brothers Harriman and one year later JP Morgan as a fixed-income pension fund portfolio manager. After her marriage she moved to Greenwich in 1991. Even after moving to Greenwich, she continued to attend Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. As a resident of Greenwich for over 20 years, she was involved in The Historical Society, The Greenwich Land Trust, the GTRA Go Wild Autumn event, and the Breast Cancer Alliance. The family had been a member of the Woodway Country Club for over 40 years.
Simms is survived by her husband, Robert A. Simms, Sr. of Greenwich; brothers, John B. Pope, Jr. of Collins, Miss., and Ethan M. Pope of Dallas, Texas; stepsons, Robert A. Simms, Jr. of Greenwich and Donald G. Simms of Kingston, N.Y.; 12 nephews and nieces; and 21 great nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held in Collins, Miss.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Simms’ honor to the American Cancer Society , American Diabetes Association , American Breast Cancer Foundation , Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, or the Collins United Methodist Church, Collins, Miss.