Our Mother Sheila Ackerman passed away January 5th and we are sure she is now happily holding hands with A.J. Mom’s family and friends will remember the graceful and welcome home she created as a solid base for so many of us throughout our lives.
Sheila filled her home with food, laughter, people and animals. It always felt like a special place to catch your breath and make sense of life. Her friends will remember her wicked bridge playing skills, her mind always thinking ahead. Scrabble games were common and words were unearthed from the depths of the Oxford Dictionary, previously unknown to most people.
Her children David, Debbie, Bonnie, Dianne and Norma will continue to find happiness in the endless memories of Mom. Her family extended to many others including Teri who opened her home and her heart to Mom creating a safe and happy haven. Bob and Bruce will continue to tell all the favourite stories of growing up under a father-In-law like AJ who knew just the right time and place to sharpen his axe. As their mother-in-law Sheila counselled them as to the best way to avoid that axe over many years. Both Mom and AJ together became a second family for many of our friends. All the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren will have wonderful memories of Mom and AJ together. Mom spent her last year in her lovely cottage and we have many people to thank for helping us so she could live there in comfort.
Nick and Pat, all her nurses and especially Nancy and Ramonde who were so very compassionate with all of us. Mary Ellen and her friends all were a huge source of comfort to both Mom and her family. Mom’s cat Laura cared for her every day never leaving her side. We are happy Mom and AJ are now together, perhaps bidding a spade or a diamond or looking out across the ocean they both loved. We know they have their arms around each other and are smiling upon us all.
A memorial service will be planned in the summer for family and friends.
If friends would like to honour mom’s memory she would love to know we have helped some of her animal friends by donating to the BCSPCA at www.spca.bc.ca.