Aliyah Christine Simms, 21 months

Aliyah Christine Simms arrived with much fanfare on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. She was greeted with loving arms by her parents, Alexa R. Howard and Kevin C. Simms. Her paternal grandparents, Gail and Linwood Reid, as well as her maternal grandmother, Angie Chandler, were there to join in the celebration.

Aliyah was a bundle of joy who brought much love and happiness to her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. She was such a loving child that everyone who came in contact with her was touched by her loving spirit.

She loved watching “Boss Baby” and “Moana.” She would get upset with anyone who interrupted her shows, even rolling her eyes and moving herself to the side to see around them. She would put her finger to her lips as if to say “shhhhh” to her Pop-pop Linwood when he would start talking during her show.

One of her favorite pastimes to entertain herself and her parents was to lift her legs high and touch her face with her toes. Even when she had her legs in casts, she would still throw her leg up in the air, which made her mommy and daddy laugh. When Aliyah was ready to get up, she would let it be known by shaking her head yes and saying, “Up, up, up.”

Aliyah’s mommy and daddy selflessly shared her time, affection and love with her grandparents, especially Mom-mom Gail. Mom-mom Gail would give mommy and daddy a break so that she could spend her weekends with Aliyah, sharing their love and joy of just being together.

God and Aliyah had a conversation and decided it was time for her to come home with him, and she passed away on Dec. 18, 2018.

Aliyah was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents, Sarah and Lynwood Taylor. She left behind to continue their life journey her parents, Alexa R. Howard and Kevin C. Simms; her paternal grandparents, Gail and Linwood Reid and Cletis T. Simms Sr.; her maternal grandparents, Brandice and Mario Howard and Angie Chandler; her maternal great-grandparents, Cheryl and Kentledgh Helmpierce, David A. Howell, Shirley Helm, James and Sandra Jones Dillard, and Annette and Fred Howard Sr.; seven uncles, Cletis T. Simms Jr. of South Carolina, Philip B. Simms and Tahj Mills, both of Millsboro, Del., Maric Howard, Desmond Howard, Candon Howard, all of Selbyville, Del., and Yalelet Fikre of Baltimore, Md.; an aunt, Alaya Mills of Millsboro; godparents, Isaiah Bailey and Keonshae Sturgis; and a host of great-aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

Aliyah was also blessed to have a second family, the doctors, nurses and staff of A.I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington Del. She will forever be grateful to the Ronald McDonald House staff for taking such good care of her mommy, daddy, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

“Heaven Make way, Make way for Aliyah!”

A funeral service and celebration of life were to be held Dec. 23, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home, with burial at Old Field Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at