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Betty Jane (Steinhoff) Sheedy

April 26, 1923 ~ June 25, 2018 (age 95)
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Betty Jane Sheedy (Steinhoff), age 95, left this world peacefully on June 25, 2018, near John Day, Oregon in the loving care of her daughter, Janet Robertson. Born April 26, 1923, in Fremont, California, she was the third child of John Proctor Steinhoff and Eva McCrimmon. Hard work and close family relationships helped overcome many early hardships including the Great Depression and losing her father at a young age. She graduated from Washington Union High School in 1941 where she was active in the drama club and served as Senior Editor of the student newspaper.

Betty married Carl Sheedy on September 20, 1941, in Centerville, California and a son—Robin, was born in 1942. Robin and Betty lived with her mother for two years while Carl served overseas for the Army in WWII, afterword’s moving to Placerville, California where Carl became a real estate broker. Two more children were born there, David in 1946 and Janet in 1950. Betty was active in civic organizations, president of her PTA, and chaperoned many youth horse-back riding and camping trips into the Sierra Nevada mountains. Following retirement in 1962 from their successful real estate business, Betty and Carl moved to John Day purchasing ranches east of Canyon City and opening another real estate office.

Active members of the Christian Science Church, they donated the land and oversaw construction of the church building in John Day, where Betty served as organist and a reader.  After the building was sold, Betty played the organ at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Canyon City for more than 20 years. Carl and Betty were active in politics and co-chaired the Grant County Republican Central Committee several times. Over the years, Betty sat on several county advisory boards, volunteered at the Grant County Historical Museum, and was involved in the garden club and several card groups. Both enjoyed traveling and would spend winters with his brother Gale and sister-in-law Cathy in their 5th-wheels. Betty loved horses and gardening and was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and an infant sister; husband Carl Phillips Sheedy, son Robin Proctor Sheedy, and great-grandson Kevin Robert Sheedy. She is survived by her son, David Sheedy and his friend Lori Dillon of Cottonwood, AZ, daughter Janet (Bill) Robertson of John Day; nine grandchildren--Robert (Tammy) Sheedy, Sally (Richard) Greywolf, John (Sandra) Sheedy, Nickolas (Chelsea) Sheedy, Tyler Sheedy, Cassie (Ken) Beiler, Shaun (Colleen) Robertson, Eric Robertson, and Kimberly (Matt) Randleas; 21 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren; former daughters-in-law Eileen Music of Durango, CO, and Heather Swank of John Day; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. At Betty’s request, no memorial services will be held.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Grant County Fairgrounds for reconstruction of the small animal barn.


Donations may be made to:

Grant County Fairgrounds
411 NW Bridge St., John Day OR 97845
Tel: 1-541-575-1900
Web: http://www.grantcountyfairgrounds.com/


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