Nora Elizabeth Potter Sims was born on November 14, 1914, to Samuel Potter and Margaret Ava Orr in Brandon, Texas. She had five siblings, all of whom died before her except her sister Mable. After receiving her B.S. in Elementary Education from Texas Tech College, she taught at New Deal Consolidated School in New Deal, Texas, until 1943, when she became an instructor at Amarillo Air Base. She taught pilots how to repair electrical systems on B-17s and B-29s. In 1953, Sims completed her M.Ed. degree at West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas. Prior to her retirement in 1971, she was a junior high teacher in Phillips Independent School District.Nora married Myrle Andrew Sims on August 27, 1949. They were the first couple to be married in the First Presbyterian Church of Borger. She was a member of the Texas Education Association, National Education Association, and Texas Retired Teachers Association. Sims was also a member of #811 Order of the Eastern Star, Home Demonstration Club, and Hutchinson County Retired Teachers Association. Sims passed away on September 2, 2012.
More information about Nora Elizabeth Potter Sims can be found in the Nora Elizabeth Potter Sims papers at The Texas Collection.