Missing My Mom

Just thinking of her on the 4th anniversary of her death.
It’s nearly impossible to sum up a life in an obituary;
there’s so much between the lines.

She was one of those “bigger than life” kind of gals.

Every single day there’s something I need to ask her.
One of the worst things about being the only one left from your family
is that there’s no one to check facts with when you remember things.

On the other hand, you get to have your memory be the correct one.

Betty Sheehan of Carroll, former Carroll County Recorder, died this morning, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll following a brief bout with cancer. She was 78.
Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll with the Rev. Timothy Schott presiding. Lector will be Mrs. Sheehan’s granddaughter, … Gift bearers will be …
The St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary will have an honor guard.
Casket bearers will be … Honorary casket bearers will be …
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery at Carroll.
Visitation starts at 4 p.m. and St. Lawrence Parish will hold a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Friday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll.
A daughter of Lewis and Florence (Williamson) Leeper, she and her twin brother were born Sept. 15, 1927, at Washington, Iowa. The family moved to Nevada, Iowa, and she graduated from Nevada High School. She attended Drake University at Des Moines, where she was the band’s drum majorette. She then worked as a hostess at Lake Shore Hotel in Clear Lake, where she met her future husband.
She and Thomas J. Sheehan were married Oct. 10, 1953, at Nevada. They settled in Carroll.
Mrs. Sheehan was Carroll County Deputy Recorder from 1967 to 1982 and served as Carroll County Recorder from 1982 until her retirement in 1992.
She was a member of St. Lawrence Parish and Ladies Guild, charter member of the St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary and member of the Carroll Country Club. She enjoyed reading, cooking, golfing, dogs, movies, jazz, cats, nature, crossword puzzles, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, and socializing with her many friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Kitty Sheehan, and her husband, …, a grand-daughter, …; two stepgrandsons: …; two brothers: … and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sheehan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas, in July 2003; a son, Daniel Sheehan, in 1978; and a sister, Janice Egland.

5 thoughts on “Missing My Mom

  1. I once read or heard, that when your mother dies, you also loose your first word.
    Well, I don´t think you loose your word, but it certainly gains more meaning, more love.
    This was very beautiful. Your mother is so beautiful. What a lovely personality.

  2. Kitty,
    Your Mom was beautiful. I hope you managed to get through the day alright. p.s. There are moments when I long to call my Mom for advice. She usually shows up in my dreams in the next day or two. How random is that? 🙂
    -Alixe

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