DIXON – Sheila Ann McCarty, 61, of Dixon, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. She had fought a long and courageous 33-year battle with cancer. Sheila worked at KSB Hospital in the intensive care unit for more than 20 years before retiring.
Sheila was born April 29, 1952, in Shawneetown, the daughter of Clyde Franklin and Shirley Gail (Sheets) Morris Jr. She married the love of her life, Michael McCarty, on Jan. 10, 1980, in Sterling. Sheila graduated nursing school as a licensed practical nurse in 1981, while also undergoing radiation treatments for her first battle with cancer. She went on to become a registered nurse in 1986. It was this determination and stubbornness that led so many other family members to become nurses. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, including her dogs, Boo Boo and Ovi, and her granddogs, Macie Rae, Cooper, Lacy, and Radisson.
Survivors include her husband, Michael McCarty of Dixon; one son, David (Kris) Vancil of Arnold, Mo; two daughters, Sheila Hummel and Kimberly (Keith) Liescheidt, both of Dixon; five grandchildren, Dennis and Kayla Vancil of Arnold, and Devon Fane, Samantha Vancil, and Alyssa Hummel of Dixon; one sister, Nancy (John) Varga of Dixon; two nephews, Ryan (Nicole) Varga of Dixon and Jeff (Jenni) Varga of Sherman; and two great-nieces, Zoey and Addyson Varga, both of Dixon.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Visitation also will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bobby D. Sheets, senior pastor at Riverside Community Church in Machesney Park, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested all donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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