Sheila Kay Shewmaker | Dec. 3, 1937 - April 27, 2014

Woman was family matriarch

2014-05-10T23:28:00Z 2014-05-10T23:44:06Z Woman was family matriarchCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent
May 10, 2014 11:28 pm  • 

Sheila Kay Shewmaker was a loving, nurturing and selfless person who dedicated her life to raising her children, said her daughter, Sharon Shewmaker.

“She taught and guided her children throughout her life,” she said. “She taught us that honesty was the best policy and to treat people the way you wanted to be treated.”

Sheila Kay Shewmaker, 76, of Lake Station, died April 27. She is survived by Arthur Shewmaker, her husband of 61 years.

“I admire the endless love that my Mom and Dad shared,” she said. “They were inseparable up until my Mom’s passing. He was truly the love of her life.”

The couple met growing up in Kentucky, and she loved to tell her children that he always saved her a swing on the playground.

“While my Dad was working in the coke plant at U.S. Steel, my Mom was home raising their four children. She was always planning home improvement projects for us to work on together,” she said. “We always referred to my Mom as the supervisor.”

She loved to laugh and play jokes on others, and loved telling stories about her childhood.

“She was happiest when she was surrounded by her family,” her daughter said. “One of my fondest memories growing up was sitting around the supper table with my entire family while my Mom asked us all, one by one, how our day went at school.”

She loved to shop, and could always find the perfect gift for her husband, her children or her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A member of First Baptist Church of New Chicago, Sharon Shewmaker said her mother was a loyal friend and a spiritual inspiration to everyone who knew her.

“Mom was the proud matriarch of our family,” she said. “Her endless love and spirit will live on throughout her entire family. Mom will be truly missed by her family and friends.”

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