Sheila (aka: Mom, Grandma, Gramma J) left us quickly and painlessly on November 6, 2006, just days after returning from a special trip to Niagara Falls with her best friend. Our hearts ache to have lost such a special lady and pillar of our family. Throughout her year-long battle with cancer she sheltered us from the difficult truth about the severity of her illness and continued to exude strength, love and caring for those around her. Throughout her life she had constant, unwavering love and support for her family, especially her grand-kids and grand-animals, whom she would spoil incessantly without blinking an eye. Rarely did she miss a hockey game (her bell is legendary in Okanagan arenas), dance recital, school concert or any other activity her grandkids were involved in. She loved nature and being outdoors, whether it was on the fairways pursuing her true passion, skiing Silver Star, gardening (in her or her kid’s gardens), hiking Kal Park, camping at Keefer Lake or embarking on
African safaris. If you were a friend of Sheila’s, you were a friend for life, with no conditions attached. She lived her life in a way that makes us feel proud and very lucky to call her Mom and Grandma.
We will miss her smile, her passion for life, and her unconditional love. Enjoy the rest of your journey, Mom. We will proudly keep your spirit burning down here. We will always love you.
We will be having a celebration to honour Mom’s life on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall, from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Please drop by and join us in reflecting on the
special memories that Sheila left with all of us.
In lieu of flowers, Mom and we would be honoured if you would donate to a charity of your choosing. Mom’s two favourite charities were the Canadian
Wildlife Federation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), but please know that SHE would feel best if you donated in a manner that makes YOU feel best.