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Shelia Maureen Harwood

April 27, 1937 ~ May 31, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Sheila Maureen Harwood, a loving mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2023, in Fredericksburg, Texas. She was born on April 27, 1937, in Houghton, Michigan, and lived a life full of adventure, laughter, and love. Sheila battled complications of Parkinson's Disease with strength and resilience, making the most of every moment with her family and friends.

Sheila was a dedicated and accomplished professional, having earned her LPN license after having four of five children in Waukesha, Wisconsin, alongside her sister Kathy. After working many years as an LPN, she returned to school as a grandmother to obtain her Associate of Applied Sciences in Nursing and Psychology from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sheila was passionate about her career and worked in various nursing homes before retiring from the Colorado State Penitentiary for Women.

Sheila was instrumental in the opening of Hildebrand Care Center alongside the Baughmans, an achievement she was incredibly proud of and often spoke about after returning there as a rehab patient. She also served as interim Director of Nursing at Valley View nursing home, where she worked alongside her daughters Adele, Cathy, and Donna. However, her most cherished achievement was that of being a mother and grandmother; her love for her family knew no bounds.

Sheila's adventurous spirit led her to travel extensively after retirement, and she enjoyed riding motorcycles until she felt she could no longer right the motorcycle on her own if it were to lay over. For her 80th birthday, she went on one final motorcycle ride with her son Walter and took to the skies with Nick Bellino, a highlight of her later life. Her sense of humor, adventurous nature, and loving heart will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

In the words of Helen Keller, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Sheila embodied this sentiment, living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends but will live on through the cherished memories and stories shared by those who loved her.

Sheila is survived by her sister Kathy (Russ) Veal of Virginia; children: John Wollman, Walter (Shelli) Wollman, and Dennis Wollman of Florence, Colorado; Cathy (Steve) Jacoby of Fredericksburg, Texas; step-children John (Margo) Harwood of Roy, Washington; Donna (Bo) Wilcox of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tammy Withnell and Cheri Burnett of California. Niece Cybl (Elisha) Hiser of Virginia and nephew Doug (Tasha) Veal of Indiana  She also leaves behind 2 great nephews, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren who will carry on her legacy of love, laughter, and adventure.

She was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Helen Osborne; first husband, John Wollman and second husband, Woody Harwood; daughter Adele Fox; step-son Lester Harwood; and grandchildren Charles Fox and Amanda Fox-Freyta.

As we remember and celebrate the life of Sheila Maureen Harwood, we honor her memory with love and gratitude for the lasting impact she made on the lives of those who knew her. Her spirit will live on through the countless stories, memories, and adventures shared by her family and friends. Per Sheila’s request, please wear bright colors. Her favorite colors are red and purple. Services under direction of Harwood Funeral Home. Celebration of Life will be June 12, 2023 at 11:00AM at The Steeple Event Center, 701 Macon Avenue, Canon City, CO, 81212

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