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Loving wife and mother Sheila Elizabeth Wilson, age 77, went to bed at Elderwood Nursing Home on May 29, 2022.

Sheila was born on May 15, 1945 in Cooperstown, New York to William and Elizabeth Packer. Sheila was a graduate of North Warren High School in 1963 and Albany Business College in 1965.

On June 11, 1966, Sheila married the love of her life, Robert Edward Wilson, and they started a family together. Sheila was the eldest of six siblings, so being an educator and role model came naturally to her. In her adult married life, if you were to ask her what her job is, she would proudly say that she is a housewife. She took this task to heart and carried it out with great pride and care for her husband and four children. Not only was she the head of the household (and she was), but she also steered the ship. On a typical adult day, breakfast would be ready before we got up, when we got home from school with a healthy snack waiting for us, the smell of dinner in the air, all the laundry ironed and neatly put away, the house immaculate , prayers before bed , these are just a few of the ways we were spoiled into a great wife and mother.

The satisfaction of making a great meal for her family was always high on Mom’s to-do list. It wasn’t until we were old enough to go to a friend’s house that we kids realized that having a candlelit dinner every night wasn’t the norm. Or that a choice of four types of dessert after dinner was not commonplace. As much as we all loved eating her food, she loved knowing we were enjoying it. From their extra hot sauces, their macaroni salad, to their particularly famous cherry cheesecake! The cheesecake has always been a family request to be made on all special occasions and nobody can hold a candle to it.

Sheila knew the health benefits of fresh vegetables and her garden was her pride. We kids were spoiled with dozens of hours after school and during the summer holidays weeding the half-acre garden. Mama’s thumbs were all green, the garden was always in bloom. Many nights when we sat in front of the TV, we all had five-gallon buckets of green beans that needed snapping the ends off or peas that needed shelling. Of course, the garden was placed right along the third baseline of the baseball field in the backyard and was therefore the mother’s birth rule “To hit the ball in the yard is an out.” It really taught us and all the neighborhood kids to hit the ball in the middle. Speaking of

Of the neighborhood kids, our house was the hangout, Mom loved looking out her kitchen window and watching us all playing in the garden. As a host, everyone always wanted to come to our house because Mom would put out snacks and refreshments for all of us.

Sheila had many joys in life and they all revolved around being with family. The annual trips to New Smyrna Beach in the family’s truckster were among her favorites. Searching for shells while walking the beach with her own mom, spotting dolphins at JB’s, watching nature at Canaveral Seashore, Manny’s Greek salads, walking the dune boardwalk, pontoon boat days on the Halifax River, El Dora and trips to Disney Top Die List. The Sea Dunes are great family memories that we have with her and will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.

The Brant Lake family camp was also a place Sheila enjoyed spending time at. She took a humble cottage and turned it into a home away from home. Even there, mom planted in her little flower garden, set up her garden gnomes and dressed him in a way that was comfortable for all of us.

As Sheila’s children grew older and started their own lives, a gap emerged. Mom missed taking care of people, it was just in her nature, so she started a small day care center for the local children. Many more children “grew up” with our mother and were treated with the same care she gave us, she took care of them as if they were her own.

Sheila was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and fought bravely. Everyone who knew her knew how strong she was and how hard she fought. There were at least a dozen or more “Situations” She overcame what would probably have made most people give up, but not our mother. Although Sheila was small, she had a very big heart and a strong desire to see her grandchildren grow up. There is a quote that would sum up our mother perfectly: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Yet at just 4 feet, 9.5 inches tall (and she would make sure to add that quarter inch), people constantly looked up to her for her strength and devotion to her family.

To the end, Sheila was still caring and selfless. She spent her final days in the hospital, befriending the nursing staff and continuing to look on the bright side of things. When we asked her about her pain level, she always told us “Zero,” although we knew better. She didn’t want us to worry. She fought and carried on selflessly knowing her family was not ready to let her go. As her days were few and she was no longer physically able to do things for us, she still gave us her love and was still cheerful and funny and called out occasionally “half idiot” to us as we fooled around in her hospital room. However, by that time her job was done, she was unable to cook us meals, slip us some money, or take care of her family as she wanted. Every day when the visitors left, she remarked: “Be careful on the streets” She still managed to take care of us, even if it was just a little advice.

Sheila was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth Reynolds Packer, father, William Herman Packer, and stepfather, Donald Irving Morris. Shelia is survived by her 56-year-old husband Robert, their four children Eric (Tammy), William (Anita), Erin (Thomas) and Leslie (Jeremy). Sheila has 12 grandchildren Aaron, Owen, Adam, Megan, Gabriel, Aiden, Lisa, Dillon, Ethan, Jacob, Anna and Cailyn.

Funeral arrangements will be made by the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983. At Sheila’s request, there will be no public services, but there will be a family celebration of life at a later date. Anyone who would like to make a charitable donation on Sheila’s behalf, please do so for the good folks at the Saranac Lake Rescue Squad who care for the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home.

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