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McCORMICK, Sheila Ann

December 3, 1936 – Lethbridge, Alberta
September 10, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sorrow that we announce that, Sheila Anne McCormick beautiful, beloved wife of Bill McCormick of Calgary, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 10, 2018 at the age of 81.

Sheila was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1936. Her family later moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where at the age of 13 she met Bill McCormick. That was the beginning of a 68 year long love story and a 62 year marriage. She was either first or second in her class all throughout her school career and excelled in university. She received her undergraduate degree, B. Ed. with a major in science, at the University of Saskatchewan. She worked in the RCAF as a cadet during the summers in Saskatoon. After graduation, she began her teaching career in Coaldale and Lethbridge, Alberta. Sheila and Bill moved to Calgary where Sheila continued to teach and influence young people. She received her M. Ed. and Graduate Diploma in psychology from the University of Calgary and began a high school counseling career. She helped many students over the years. Her favourite schools to work at were Sir Winston Churchill High School, where she taught chemistry and William Aberhart High School, where she was a guidance counselor. She retired in 1994 and looked after her grandson, Ethan Hallett. Sheila loved to go to the ballet and had season tickets for over 50 years. Her family meant everything to her and she spent a great deal of time with them. Sunday suppers with her children and grandchildren were highlights. Her kindness, thoughtfulness, and love will be greatly missed.

Sheila is survived by her husband Bill McCormick, daughter Shannon Hallett (nee McCormick), grandson Ethan Hallett, brother Leagh Roberts, granddaughter Sam McCormick (Lisa Jurykovsky); grandson Nicholas McCormick, granddaughter Sacha McCormick (Matt Hammer); daughter-in-law Penny Abernathy (all of Calgary) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Ann and Ron Roberts; brother Ronald Roberts and her son, Mitchell McCormick, in June 2017.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Tributes to Sheila can be made through donations to your local high school graduate/scholarship fund. Please sign your donor (organ) card.

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  1. Bill, sorry for your loss. I know this must be a terribly hard year for you and your family.

    Warren (Dave) Wismer and family.

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  2. To the McCormick family,
    David and I taught with Sheila at SWCH. Her quiet calm and genuine concern for others are what come to mind, first, when I think of Sheila.
    Our condolences on your loss.
    Donna (Mangone) and David Kelly

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  3. Terry & Sharon Allen :

    Bill and family, our sincerest condolences on the passing of Sheila. She was a highly respected educator who helped many students during her career.

    Terry & Sharon Allen

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  4. Bill and family my sincere condolences on your loss. I taught with Sheila at William Aberhart High and know she had a wonderful impact on the lives of so many of her students. She was a caring guidance counsellor, also went on student trips to England and always willing to step forward and help out at the school.
    Sheila Iversen

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  5. P Gail Whiteford :

    Sheila and I taught at Aberhart for many years. I want to offer my condolences to your family. She was a thoughtful and caring woman.

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  6. Sheila was one of the kindest people I have ever known. She always put family first and she was always a good listener quick to offer help. Sunday suppers were legendary and I will never forget them. Sheila loved science and always encouraged continuous learning. Most of all she and Bill made a perfect pair and had a wonderful marriage. Ethan loved helping her recently and getting to know her better. Knowing her made us all better people.

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  7. Sheila and I taught together at Hamilton Junior High in Lethbridge and again at Aberhart Senior High in Calgary. She was always very kind and helpful. To Bill and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  8. Dear Bill and Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Wife, Mother and Grandmother – not many loves or marriages last the years that your has – what a blessing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  9. The Hallmark Collective Club :

    To the family of the Family of Sheila,
    We are saddened at the loss of a member of our club. Thinking of Shannon, Bill and all the family during this sad time.

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  10. Elaine Rewcastle :

    We are so sorry for your loss and we want you to know that our hearts are with you during this most difficult time. With heartfelt condolences.
    Elaine & Don Rewcastle

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  11. Tim & Cathy Nelson :

    Mr McCormick and family, our sincerest condolences on the passing of Mrs McCormick. Mrs McCormick was my chemistry teacher at SWCH; I was not one of her star pupils but she did try her hardest to get me to love chemistry. I did far better at decorating gingerbread men at the McCormicks on Christmas Eve where Mrs McCormick was always on the move; preparing the gingerbread dough, helping the children, and baking the decorated little men. Family was very important to Mrs McCormick and I will especially miss her at Christmas.

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  12. Hi Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. You spoke always so lovingly of Sheila. My thoughts and prayers for peace and happy memories are with you at this time. Suzanne Cooper

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  13. Mrs. McCormick was the person we all aspire to be. My condolences to all her family, Mr. McCormick and Shannon particularly.

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  14. Colleen Whitehead :

    Uncle Billy, Shannon and Ethan, I have so many fond memories of times spent together. Please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers and I am so very sorry for your loss. Love you.

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  15. A Tribute to a Lovely Aunt

    Sheila was Sheila to me long before she was my Auntie Sheila. She was my Uncle Billy’s girlfriend—-and that in itself made her special.

    Right from when we were little she made my sister and I feel special.
    My first memory—-way back-was her drawing us close to herself, an arm around each, as if to make us her friend. Wow, a teenager wanting to be our friend! Oh, how that contributed to the self- image!

    Sheila was the kind of person who scattered seeds of kindness wherever she was. She did so throughout our lives with the loving sweet and thoughtful things she did. An example when we were little girls she and uncle Billy created Christmas cake trains for us—-a pink train with green icing and a green train with pink icing. How magical to have your own cake at Christmas with all that icing —made especially for you!

    Sheila was also what in my childhood mind was part of the princesses going off to the New Year’s Ball –all dressed up, sparkly and beautiful. Her co-princesses were Patricia [my mom], Aunt Yvonne, sometimes Annie Merle, and other friends.
    Don’t we learn when we are young by example? Yes, princesses
    are beautiful but OH – “Are they kind?” My examples were loving, fun people. The inner person important.
    As the years went by and Bill and Sheila had kids they wanted a close connection of cousins for their kids. When we had opportunity to play with them, she praised us for the way we cared for Mitch and Shannon. This kindness again fed into the self-esteem.

    Our families have happy, almost magical memories of some Christmas times together and especially Christmas tree hunting. Sheila made pots of hot corn chowder and chilli to eat after our efforts. Another act of kindness.

    In our teens when our families got together Sheila would come to our rooms to chat and to see what was new. This reinforced the much earlier notion that she was our friend too; and that genuine interest again fed the self- esteem.

    Sheila and Billy cared about our education. In those college years of our life Nette once stayed with them. Sheila arranged for me to do my first year University and a Grade 12 Math, I needed to complete at Mount Royal College. I wonder ??? without that intervention would I have ever become a teacher –a rich rewarding career for myself.

    I cannot count all the sweet kindnesses she has done – just for me. At this moment, I can think of many more. Just think over what she has done for you!!

    It is so—–hard to say farewell for now to such a kind loving aunt.
    I Don’t want to.!!!!!! And then I am reminded what Al always said ‘’Absent from the body is present with the Lord’

    And I remind myself farewell is just for now—for Sheila still turned to Jesus and I know that HIS promise is for those that call upon HIM.
    And the promise is this:

    God will wipe away every tear from their eyes
    And DEATH shall be no more

    Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying nor pain anymore for the former things have passed away.

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