My name is Sheila Vittitow and I died of a lung disease at the age of 64. I have decided to write my own obituary, because I really don't care for the ones that I see published in the newspaper. Often times families will gather and list every minor accomplishment from cradle to grave in a timeline format; or they create a story about someone's life that is so glowing one would think the deceased had been a living god. I don't like the timeline, because let's face it, I never really accomplished anything of great note. Other than giving birth to my three wonderful, lovable, witty amazing sons - Daniel, Erick and Alex and accepting Jesus as my savior - I have done very little.
Some people told me I was "morbid" to write my own obituary. But I see it as an opportunity to thank the people that loved me, assisted me, cared for me, laughed with me, and taught me things so that I could have a wonderful, happy life. Thank you! I was blessed beyond measure by knowing all of you. That is what made my life worthwhile.
If you happen to think of me when I'm gone and would like to do something in honor of my memory, please do this:
• Volunteer at a school, church, library, or animal rescue facility
• Write a letter to someone and tell them how they have had a positive impact on your life
• If you drink and drive - stop
• Turn off electronics and take a kid out for ice cream and talk to them about their hopes and dreams.
• Forgive someone who doesn't deserve it
• Stop at all lemonade stands run by kids and brag about their product
• Make someone smile today if it is in your power to do so
A private graveside service will be held in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
I’m so sorry that your mom is gone. She was a wonderful person. Our grandmothers were sisters. Sheila and I were cousins and friends. I’m sorry I didn’t know how bad her health had gotten. My condolences and prayers. A family photo, her dads side of the family. She and I both in red dresses.
- Gaston Sharon, Columbus, GA
Sheila had incredible understanding of what was truly important about life and how she wanted to make a difference in other lives. I love you and will forever cherish the blessing she was to me.
- Bev Morrow, Chattanooga, Tennessee
I did not know your mother, but what a lovely piece written by her. Her suggestions of things to do in her memory are all inspiring!
- Sarah Harper, Savannah, GA
What Shiela said about her sons ,can very well be said about Sheila. We know where they got those beautiful qualities. All being created in God’s image, they too have the prospects of eternal life. Altho’ Shiela rests , she still speaks from the loving admonition she gave to all. She put a smile on our faces and a good reminder to not forget the animals. What a sweet- heart. Can’t help but love her. She knew the promise of the resurrection: John 5:28,29 So sorry about the lung issue. In paradise there will be no more sickness, pain, or death. Rev 21:3,4 Christ’s heavenly Kingdom government will accomplish the paradise earth for eternity. Please be comforted: “Enjoy Life Forever”, JW.org Christian Love, Sandy Wirfs
- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Private graveside for family and friends