We are heartbroken over the passing of our wonderful mother Sheila. Sheila passed away peacefully at home on September 4, 2021, just nine days short of her 90th birthday. She was predeceased by husband Jack, and will be deeply missed by her children Sandra (Alan) Turner, Geoff (Susan) and Todd (Jennifer), and by six adoring grandchildren Jessie, Natalie, Sam, Allie, Will and Josie. Sheila was born in 1931 in Salmon Arm, B.C. to parents Edward and Eileen Twentyman, and raised on their family fruit farm. She and her much-loved sister Betty would play among the apple trees when the chores were done. In 1951, she moved to Vancouver to attend St. Paul’s Hospital to obtain her nursing certificate, followed by a lifetime memory of jaunting around Europe with three great nursing friends. She returned to get her Public Nursing degree at UBC, and practiced as a community nurse in Vancouver. Sheila and Jack married in 1960 and built the house of their dreams on Bayridge Avenue in West Vancouver where they spent 40 wonderful years raising their family. She continued her community nursing work as well as a myriad of volunteer efforts. Sheila cherished her time at St. Francis-in-the-Wood Church and all the friends she made there. She treasured her time spent with family, especially Sunday dinners, noisy holiday gatherings, Hawaiian vacations and “mystery trips” with her sister Betty’s family, the infamous MacKinnon clan of Sidney, B.C. Those who knew Sheila will remember her as kind and caring, easy-going, smart and spunky. Time spent in her garden and the outdoors was golden, and she instilled the importance of family in her children and grandchildren. She loved to laugh and had the gift of lifting the spirits of everyone around her. Many were inspired by her quiet, humble determination to overcome adversity and embrace all that life has to offer. Due to Covid restrictions, the family are holding this private memorial service for invited guests.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the MS Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated.