LOCHHEAD, Mrs. Sheila (nee Palmer), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in her 81st year. Beloved wife for 61 years to Fred Lochhead. Awesome mother to Kathy Kewley (Harold) of St. Thomas, Gregory Lochhead of Osoyoos, BC, Karen Walton (Robert) of Embro, and Chris Lochhead (Tamara) of Osoyoos, BC. She was the proud grandmother of Kathryn, Emily, and Rachel Walton. Dear sister of John Palmer of Abbotsford, BC, Alan Palmer (Kathleen) of Chiliwack, BC, late William Palmer and the late Walter Palmer. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Born in St. Thomas, October 6, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Aaron Palmer and the late Elizabeth (nee Stewart) Palmer Rice, and step-daughter of the late James Rice. In her younger years, Sheila was an accomplished Scottish Highland Dancer. A retired secretary at Century 21, St. Thomas, Sheila also taught ceramics for a number of years. She was a member of the Elgin Business Women’s Network, and a former member of the St. Thomas Curling Club and the Quota Club of St. Thomas. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.
A service to celebrate Sheila’s life will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, July 5th at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior. If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be appreciated.
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