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Sheila Jean McPherson
March 11, 1927 - November 15, 2019
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<div itemprop="description">Sheila Jean McPherson <br>(née McPhedran) <br>March 11, 1927 - November 15, 2019 <br> <br>To our sorrow, Sheila passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 after years of Lewy-Boddy disease. She was predeceased in 2007 by her husband of 57 years, Len; by her older daughter Peggy, in 2009; and Peggy's husband Charles Kett, in 2000. She is survived by her daughter Nancy (Paul Devlin); two grandchildren, Andrew Kett (Martha) and Jennifer Kett (Dave Lewy); and two great-grandsons, Will and Sam. Born in Winnipeg, Sheila was an only child. She spent summers in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, with her maternal grandparents and two beloved aunts. As a girl, she enjoyed tennis, archery, violin, golf, dancing, and CGIT. She attended the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg for one year, then switched to Nursing College at the Winnipeg General Hospital. She nursed at WGH before marrying Len in 1951. They had two daughters, Peggy and Nancy, in the 1950s and relocated to Ottawa for Len's career. She went back to working outside the home once the girls were teens, and worked at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in the Oncology & Hematology Clinic for 4 years. When Peggy opened her law practice in 1978, and couldn't afford support staff, Sheila was her legal secretary. Sheila was heavily involved in caring for her mother and aunt, who had moved to Ottawa in the early '70s. In the '80s, her nursing skills were again put to good use caring for her husband following his triple bypass. Sheila may not have worked for pay as an RN for too long, but she put her nursing skills and compassion to great use within her family. She was a joyful person who loved music, reading, and her family and friends. She was a very positive role model to her girls, and her enthusiasm is deeply missed. Nancy and Paul gratefully acknowledge the compassion and high quality care provided by the Salvation Army Grace Manor - Gladstone staff. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Alzheimer Society or The Salvation Army Grace Manor Donors' Trust. Visitation at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive, on Saturday, November 23, starting at 9:00 a.m. until the celebration of Sheila's life, to follow at 11 a.m.. Her ashes will be inurned with her family at Pinecrest Cemetery. <br></div>