Visitation Information:February 22nd, 2021 at 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Memorial Park North Funeral Home Riverside Chapel
989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501
Mrs. Sheila Ruth Tichenor Watkinson, 75
Sheila Ruth Watkinson
September 2, 1945 – February 17, 2021
Sheila was born on September 2, 1945 to Hale and Ruth Tichenor in Evansville, Indiana. Her biological father (Hale) died in WWII before her birth and she was raised by her mother Ruth and step-father, Hugh Vierling. Most of her youth was spent living outside of Chicago and loved the many summers that she spent with her beloved extended family in Evansville. She excelled in her education and eventually attended college where she developed some lifelong friendships that were treasured to the end of her days.
Sheila married Thomas Durivan and had two children, Kelly and Jeffrey. She later married Frederick Watkinson standing the test of time and would have celebrated 37 years in March. Sheila worked in many fields, eventually finding her calling in service of others. She worked with non-profits – the Staunton Art Center and then eventually, the Pregnancy Centers of Virginia, which spoke to her heart and where she formed many special relationships and found her passion of serving God and others. Sheila loved God with all of her heart. She was a devoted Christian, finding peace in knowing and loving God and fellowshipping with many friends within the Christian community.
She loved her family fiercely. Sheila was actively involved with her children and grandchildren (Hailey 20, Anna 17, and Jacob 6). She attended every play, dance recital, soccer game, and band concert that she possibly could. After Jacob was born, she stepped in to care for him so Kelly could return to work. She did that with joy and selflessness for 3 years. Her family will remember fun family gatherings playing games and swimming in the pool together, along some family vacations and many special times together.
Sheila was an artist and an entrepreneur. She appreciated creativity and beauty. She enjoyed many small ventures, buying and selling goods. She found immense enjoyment later in life sourcing and restoring antique furniture. It gave her joy and satisfaction to turn something old into something beautiful again.
In recent years, Sheila, Fred and her son Jeff relocated to the Dallas, TX area to help care for her father Hugh in his last years. When he passed, they relocated to their retirement home in Gainesville, Georgia. Her illness developed rapidly in the months that followed. While in Gainesville, Fred and Sheila were blessed with several compassionate caregivers, for which our family is extremely grateful. Sheila’s end of life care has been given by the remarkable nurses and doctors at Hospice of the Piedmont. Their compassion and wisdom has been one of the family’s greatest blessings during such a difficult time.
Sheila leaves behind an adoring family: her husband Frederick Watkinson, daughter Kelly and her husband Jordan and her son Jeffrey Durivan. Her grandchildren, Hailey, Anna, and Jacob, among many cherished extended family members. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Vierling, her father Hale Tichenor, her step-father, Hugh Vierling, and her brother, David Vierling. Her family will remember her example of love and will have peace knowing that she is enjoying eternal life in heaven.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 5 until 7. Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:30 PM at Alta Vista Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville, VA - https://www.hopva.org/donate-online-now/
Memorial Park Funeral Home North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Dr. is in charge of arrangements.
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