Artistic Sheelah will be greatly missed
SHEELAH Frances Mee (nee Lanigan O’Keeffe) was born on March 2, 1920 in Eastbourne, England and passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 24, 2013, at the Proserpine Nursing Home.
Sheelah and her husband Colin emigrated from England in 1954, and settled in Brisbane with their six children, Martin (dec), Patrick, Deirdre, Seamus and Sean (twins) and Gemma, who was born here.
Sheelah, Colin and Gemma moved to the Redlands and she remained in the Redlands area after Col died, moving to Sugarloaf nine years ago, where she resided in a small cottage on Gemma’s property.
Sheelah was a great ar- tist, and an accomplished potter and sculptor.
In earlier times, she was a dress designer and maker, and a wonderful knitter.
Many hundreds of people will remember her as a teacher and mentor, particularly her association with the Flying Art School, and at Yurara Art group in the Redlands.
She continued that teaching model in and around Proserpine and Cannonvale.
Sheelah won many art prizes, held many exhibitions, and was honoured for her contribution to the Queensland arts with an Australia Day medal.
She left behind an enormous body of work, and a retrospective exhibition is planned to honour her memory.
Sheelah will be sadly missed by her children, grand children, greatgrand children, and her many friends.
She was the matriarch of her family, and on a wider scale, of the Lanigan O’Keeffe family.
A private cremation and service is being held in Mackay today, and a wake and celebration of Sheelah’s life will take place at 11 Star Drive, Sugarloaf on Saturday, November 2.
Sheelah was a powerful presence in the lives of all her family and friends and will be sorely missed.
MISSED: Sheelah Mee, pictured here with her son Sean Mee, daughter Gemma (back) and Australian entertainer Christine Anu at the Whitsunday Live festival last year.