1 year on since I said goodbye to my beautiful Zena. I wish you were still with us but feel privileged to have had you as a step-mum, best friend and drinking partner for 35 years of my life. I will be raising a glass to you today.......Hope you're enjoying a large Pinot in heaven. Miss you and love you always xxxxxxx
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In loving memory of the late Zena Simms who sadly passed away on 22 August 2014.
Zena was born on 2 May 1957 in Kings Heath, Birmingham and was delivered at home by her father Cyril who at that time was a police officer. She was the youngest of 3 children born to Cyril and his wife Joan her siblings being brothers Kevin born 22 August 1947 and Timothy born 17 March 1953.
She started work at Midland Bank, Birmingham New Street branch when she was 17 and it was there that she met her lifelong friend Maria.
In 1979 she met her husband Derek while they were both working in High Wycombe and coincidentally staying at the same hotel. Zena was a big fan of Liverpool FC and was a season ticket holder. Her other big love during the mid seventies was the band Roxy Music.
Zena and Derek were married on 2 July 1982 and lived in Sutton Coldfield for 14 years. In 1996 Zena was offered voluntary redundancy from the bank. Derek left his job also, they sold their house and embarked on a 6 month trip around Spain in their 1972 VW Camper. This was followed by a period running a bar in Spain and working for Eurocamp on a campsite in the French Pyrenees. They returned to the UK in 2002 after 6 very happy years and set up home in Harborne.
In 2003 Zena started in a permanent position at GOWM working on the ERDF team. This work was transferred to AWM and subsequently to DCLG in St Philip's Place in Birmingham City Centre.
Since 2011 Zena has been battling against Cancer. Twice she beat it and was starting to plan retirement but she was struck down again this year and was unable to overcome it. She is at last free from her pain which has been almost unbearable for some months.
During her life both in and out of work Zena made many friends and will be sadly missed. Those that have known Zena however will never forget her.