Sheila Collier (Pherrill) 1938-2017
Born August 2, 1938, in a log cabin, Sheila grew up on a farm near Athabasca, Alberta. As a young woman, she was ahead of her time, recognizing the value of a career and the independence that it gave her. Always excelling, her first employer—a customs brokerage in Edmonton—was sad to lose her to the nursing program at the University of Alberta in 1957. She qualified as a Registered Nurse. Later, she married, raising three children with Geof Collier in Kitimat and Kamloops. While being a mother, Sheila continued to expand her interests into the community as a real estate agent, as a member of many boards and associations, and as a political campaigner. She returned to nursing in the 1980s, meeting many new lifelong friends. In 1985, she married Peter Baron, and shared 32 wonderful years with him.
She loved cats, skiing, summers at the Shuswap, and a night out at the theatre wherever she was—at home or around the world. She lived a rich and full life, meeting its every challenge with strength, grace, and generosity.
Sheila died on April 5th in Kamloops, BC at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice of Pancreatic Cancer. Sheila will be remembered by her immediate and extended family, her friends, and her community as a deeply compassionate and loving presence.
PETER BARON, Husband of 32 years
STUART COLLIER, Son, Vancouver
Dr. TODD COLLIER, Son, (Leslie Collier) Kamloops
KIM COLLIER, Daughter, Toronto
Dr. STEPHEN BARON, (Dr. Fiona Kay), Kingston
JOANNE BARON, (Frank Law), Kamloops
MADELINE COLLIER, Victoria
QUENTIN COLLIER, Toronto
SIMONE COLLIER, Kamloops
CAELAN BARON, Kingston
DEVYN BARON, Kingston
BRENDAN LAW, Kamloops
JAYNA LAW, Kamloops
Dr. GEOF COLLIER, Father of Kim, Stuart, and Todd
FERGUS CONWAY, Son of Stuart Collier
PHOEBE CONWAY, Daughter of Stuart Collier
AZRA YOUNG, Daughter of Kim Collier
Sheila was grateful to her friends and family who travelled with her on her final journey. Join us to honour Sheila Collier’s life at the Sagebrush Theatre, with music and good company, Sunday April 30th, 2-4 PM. If inclined, contributions to Kamloops Hospice, Western Canada Theatre, or SPCA would be appreciated.Print This Obituary & Condolences