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Sheila Ellen (O'Brien) McIver

Nov 11, 1933 - Apr 26, 2017

Sheila's Story

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Greenville - Sheila Ellen (O'Brien) McIver died April 26, 2017, at age 83.
She was born on Veteran's Day, 1933 daughter of Clarence Patrick O'Brien and Margarite (McCarthy) O'Brien in Bangor, Maine. She was a cheerleader at Bangor High School. She was raised by her father and grandmother, Edna McCarthy, and two older brothers, Richard and Eugene O'Brien.
Sheila spent most of her childhood and teenage summers on the waters and shores of Moosehead Lake and attended Camp Natarswi, where she learned to canoe and often climbed Mount Katahdin.
Sometime in 1950, she met James Evander McIver of Greenville, Maine, in the Indian Store. It was love at first sight. They married and had two sons, Jamie Jr. and Richard, and a daughter, Laurianne. They were married for 53 years until Jimmy died in 2004. She never got over it, but trudged on like the super trooper she was.
Over the course of years, she worked as a secretary for I.B.M., and was a meat wrapper for Shaw's and First National Stores. Then she became a clothing sales clerk for Goodnows of Keene and Filene's of Portland, Maine, which she was a natural at, as she had excellent taste in clothing and color coordinates.
She later owned and operated Wind Swept Bed and Breakfast of Greenville with her husband, James. Sheila was an excellent cook and had enough class to socialize with Eleanor Roosevelt, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, or any of the first ladies of this country.
She was an active member of the Red Hat Ladies and Union Evangelical Church of Greenville, Maine.
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, James; two brothers, Richard O'Brien and Rhode Island and Eugene O'Brien of California; also her father and mother-in-law, William and Florence McIver of Greenville, Maine. She lost her son, Jamie McIver, on Thanksgiving Day, 1959. He was seven years old.
Sheila had several brothers and sisters-in-law as follows, Jeannine O'Brien of California, Teddy O'Brien of Rhode Island, Charles and Julia (McIver) Luce of Machias, Maine, Billy and Ethel (Cole) McIver of Greenville, Maine, O'Mar and Rose (Deveaux) McIver of Greenville, Maine, and George and Lois Irvine of Canada; Mercedes and Harold Blanchard of Greenville, Maine; her nieces and nephews are listed as follows, Frank and Linda McIver, Telford and Pamela Allen, Roy and Elizabeth Love, Charles and Patsy Luce, Dean and Lane Chamberlain, Julie and Larry Levigne, Sheila Irvine Stephen and Glenna Irvine, William Luce, Seamus Walsh, all of Maine, Jeff and Nancy McIver of New Hampshire, Kevin and Terrance O'Brien of Rhode Island, Kitty and David Cook, Kevin and Draza O'Brien and Coleen and Jim Wolf, all of California; her grandchildren are Jamie Senecol of Virginia, Crystal Walker of North Carolina, Scott Senecol Jr. of Virginia, Jessica Lane and Jamie Lynn (McIver) Tellarini of Southern Maine and Will McIver of Swanzey, New Hampshire. Her guardian angel is Natalie Moody Holmes of Waterville, Maine.
A memorial service will be held at the Union Evangelical Church of Greenville, Maine, on July 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. All friends and relatives are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Union Evangelical Church of Greenville, Maine, 04441 or Hospice and Palliative Care, 23 Spring Street., Suite C., Scarborough, Maine 04074.
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Published on  May 31, 2017
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