Artis­tic Shee­lah will be greatly missed

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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