Maxine Grace Sheehan passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 89 years old. She was born May 20, 1923 to Irving Sherriff and Alma Brenner Sherriff. She met her husband, Leo Sheehan, when she was a senior at Roosevelt High School and they married a couple years later in 1942 after Leo graduated from the University of Washington. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last year on September 9, 2012 at a big family party at the Seattle Yacht Club. Leo and Maxine moved from Seattle to Bellevue (Clyde Hill) in 1954. It was our mother's idea to move out of the big city to a small town to raise her family. They lived in Clyde Hill until 2007 and then moved into a retirement community at Pacific Regents in Bellevue. Our mother was a beautiful, caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she will be greatly missed. She had a great sense of style (loved clothes and kept up to date on fashion), a wonderful sense of humor, loved to entertain her family and friends (was a gourmet cook long before it became fashionable), played golf into her early eighties (enjoyed the competition). She was a member of Overlake Golf Club (Medina, Wash.) and a past member of Desert Island Golf Club (Palm Desert, Calif.). She is survived by her loving husband, Leo and six children and their spouses, Cathey (Doyl Burkett), Carolyn (Ken Hayes), Claudia (Bob Nelson), Bob Sheehan (Laurie), John Sheehan (Vicky), David Sheehan (Candy) and 13 grandchildren: Jeff Campbell (Kristine), Craig Campbell (Gina), J Doyl Burkett (Allison), Carrie Dallas (Eric), Cam Sheehan (Colleen), Patrick Sheehan (Annie), Chris, Kelly, Kevin, Kahlen, Nikolas, Jakob and Erik Sheehan and ten great grandchildren: Sydney, Lauren and Ava Campbell, Hunter, Xavier and Holland Burkett, Tyler and Gavin Dallas, Caroline and Alexandra Sheehan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church, Bellevue Wash., at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at the church.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Apr. 7, 2013