Sheila Maureen SMOKER

Sheila passed away peacefully on November 11, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer with the same vibrancy and energy in her spirit, that she brought to the world in New Foundland on November 27, 1951.

Sheila is survived by her daughter, Renee Bush; granddaughter, Maggie of Salt Spring Island and son, Joey Bush of Chilliwack and numerous relations in Ontario and Newfoundland.

Sheila was an inspirational woman who was loving, caring and full of life. She was always smiling, laughing, and sharing her passion for living with everyone who knew her. Sheila had a passion for all animals especially her beloved Shih Tzu’s. She has been a member of the Canadian Kennel Club for over 15 years and had raised many champions. She was very compassionate and was known to give those who were in need of unequivocal love one of her beloved Shih Tzu’s.

Sheila was a very accomplished person with many talents, winning awards for piano solos while attending the Trinity College of Music in Newfoundland, as a young girl. Sheila went on to receive certification for Airline Personnel Training. Later in life after taking a break to raise a much loved son and daughter, she again changed direction in her careers. She turned to helping others working as a Medical Office Assistant. But Sheila was a hands on person who loved to be in the field working directly with people, she began working as a Resident Care Attendant. Of her many talents she had a natural talent working with persons in the palliative care field giving support, comfort, love, and dignity to patients and families. Sheila moved on to become a very important part of the Mental Health Team here in Chilliwack touching the lives of co-workers, clients and their families.

Sheila assisted many of her friends, family, co-workers, clients, with income tax, marriages, divorces, the loss of a dear one, moving or learning to live a better life from day to day. She was unique in being able to find exactly what a person needed on a moments notice at an extremely reasonable price. She always had the fortitude to keep on working until the task was done.

Please feel free to bring a photo or write a favourite story about Sheila to be placed in a memorial book for the family. If you wish the original back, please put your name and phone number on the back.

There will be evening prayers for Sheila on November 18, 2004 at St. Mary’s Church at 7 p.m. The funeral will follow on November 19, 2004 at St. Mary’s Church at 1 p.m. Following at 3:30 p.m. there will be a Celebration of Sheila’s life at Henderson’s Funeral Home in the Tea Room for family, friends, co-workers and clients past and present.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Lisa Jeppesen for her knowledge, honesty, support and caring. The family also wishes to thank the nursing staff on the 4th floor of the Chilliwack General Hospital for their patience, support and care.

In lieu of flowers, donations if desired, can be made to Cancer Research.