Sheila Mary Strum
Sheila Mary Strum, born to the late Earle and Bernice Bovaird on February 24th, 1948, in New Brunswick, Canada, passed away on Tuesday, March 7th , 2017 at the age of 69, surrounded by those she loved. Although she was a resident of Leesburg, VA for over 30 years, she was always a Canadian at heart.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, William H. Strum, her three daughters and their husbands, Esme and Stephen Salamon, Emily and Brian Kamin, and Elsbeth and Gregory Mayo. Her 10 grandchildren were the light of her life: Claire, Charles, and Edward Salamon; Grace, Madeline, and William Kamin; and Grant, Christine, Gretchen and Harrison Mayo. Also surviving, her beloved siblings: Joan Simpson, Diane Foster, Larry Bovaird, and Heather Johnson, along with their spouses and children.
Sheila was affectionately known as “Mary” to most, but “Mamie” to her family. Her warmth, selflessness and compassion as a Registered Nurse for 44 years (40 of them at Fairfax Hospital), carried over to her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend.
Mary had a gift of making every person she met feel special and loved. She saw the beauty in all things and found joy in God’s purest and simplest gifts: snowfall, songbirds, the rippling of the St. John River, the laughter of her grandchildren, and the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held in her honor and in celebration of her beautiful life on Saturday, April 1st 2017, 3pm, at St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg, VA 20176. Reception immediately following in the church hall.
Her family would like to thank the medical professionals in the Oncology Unit at INOVA Loudoun Hospital for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made online to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, https://www.themmrf.org/donate-to-mmrf/ , or may be sent by mail to: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor Norwalk, CT 06851. Please share online condolences with the family at http://www.loudounfuneralchapel.com
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