SPRINGFIELD – Jessie E. Sheridan, 82, of Springfield passed away Monday, May 4, 2009, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village after a long fight with returning cancer.
She was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, on February 28, 1927. She is the daughter of Willis and Gertrude Williams Benson. She married Philip H. Sheridan Jr. on August 3, 1957, in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Don Benson.
Jessie met Phil while working at Pepperell Air Force Base in St. John’s as a supervising payroll officer in a civilian position. After they married and moved to the United States, she became a U.S. citizen. She was the best housewife and mother, raising her 2 daughters until they graduated high school and then she pursued a career at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Springfield for nine years. She is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She used to be an avid bowler with her husband winning lots of trophies. She loved to garden and be outdoors and spent time with her family as much as she possibly could. She was a good friend to everyone around her. We all loved Jessie and she will truly be missed.
She is survived by her husband, Phil and her 2 daughters, Donna (Ramone) Noska of Benicia, CA, and Gale (John) Richardson of Springfield. She has five grandchildren, Brooke, Tyson and Casey Noska and Bridgette and JP Richardson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will be at 9 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, Reverend Mark Merrill and Chaplin Tom Novy officiating. Interment will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Memorial Medical Center or Lewis Memorial Christian Village.
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