Sheila died suddenly at her home in Kamloops at the age of 69. She will be remembered as a kind, caring and generous person who endeavored to do something nice for someone every day. Sheila was a special family member, friend and neighbor.
Sheila was born in Nelson, B.C., the second eldest child of Fred and Josephine Fransen. After graduating from high school, she attended business college, then briefly worked as a secretary in Calgary. Desiring a more challenging career, she trained at Riverview Hospital to be a psychiatric nurse. She worked at the Tranquille Mental Health Institution until its closure in 1985. Continuously upgrading her qualifications, she obtained her Registered Nurse’s diploma, then eventually her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Her training led her to work as a nurse at hospitals in Kamloops and Victoria, and as a counselor for the Ministry of Children and Families in 100 Mile House.
After her retirement, she returned to her small acreage in Kamloops. She was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook. Music brought her great joy, and she learned to play the piano by ear. Her passion for learning encompassed a multitude of topics from astronomy and bird watching to short story writing. She also enjoyed volunteering for the Kamloops Heritage Steam Train as a tour guide and One-to-One Reading Program at Arthur Stevenson Elementary School.
Sheila is survived by her brother Thor (Judy) Fransen of Beasley, B.C., her sisters Judy (Jack) Cross of Cranbrook, Freda Fransen-Burt of Surrey, and Linnea (Craig) Robinson of Delta, many nieces and nephews, as well as special friends and neighbors.
Sheila requested that there be no funeral.