(April 21, 1955 – Sept. 17, 2008)
“Forever in our hearts and memories.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sheila following a short battle with cancer in Mackenzie, BC.
Sheila had devoted the last three years to the care of her beloved husband, Jerry, until his passing eight months ago. Always putting others first, she ranked her own well-being as secondary.
Remembering her forever is her son Nathan Kehler (Tanya), Petawawa, ON. She will also be forever remembered by her loving father Jake Kehler from Edson, AB, twin sister Shirley McCallum (Michael), Mackenzie, BC, sister Marilyn Cunningham (Jim), Qualicum Beach, BC, sister Marilyn Imanse (Will), Langley, BC, and sister Dianna Riggs (Phil) Edson, AB. She also leaves behind Jerry’s children heather (Dale), Kelowna, BC and Rob (Kelli), Prince George, BC.
Sheila also touched the hearts of her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and good friends. Annie, Sheila’s “puppy” will dearly miss her mama.
At the time of her passing Sheila was Commanding Officer of the Air Cadets, Mission Squadron. Despite her battle with cancer she was employed as a Cadet Instructor at Albert Head (Victoria, BC) until her admission to hospital. Sheila had a passion and dedication for what she was doing to try and make a difference in the young cadet’s life. Her involvement with cadets spanned for greater than ten years to which she attained the rank of Captain.
Sheila was a very strong woman and wore her uniform and responsibility with pride.
Another passion of Sheila’s was gardening and camping. In general she loved to be outdoors enjoying the sounds of nature and getting her hands in the dirt. Everyone will fondly remember her love for cooking, baking and canning. Sheila will be reuniting with her mum Joan, and her brothers Don, Terry and Ritchie.
A celebration of her life will take place at the Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home, 7386 Horne Street, Mission, BC on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. She will rest beside her mother and husband in Squamish, BC the following day at 1:00 p.m. All friends are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Canadian Cancer Society or 521 Aurora (RCACS), Mission City, BC. Many thanks to all.