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Sheila Florence Cannon


01/31/1937 - 08/20/2015 Obituary
Sheila Florence Cannon Obituary
Sheila Florence (Lee) Cannon, 78, of Bakersfield California passed away August 20, 2015 at home with her loved ones by her side.
Sheila Cannon was born January 31, 1937 in London, England to John Henry and Florence Ingles. She was their only child. Growing up she attended Highbury Hills School (go Gunners!) and graduated from Tudor Rose High School at the age of 15. After graduation she went to work as a seamstress.
In the winter of 1956 she met the love of her life, Richard Raymond Cannon. He was a Sergeant in the United States Army, stationed in Germany, and on a week's leave in London. After only 6 days he knew she was the one and he proposed. They married 17 months later on April 5, 1958 at St. Peter's church in London. They continued to live in England for the next 16 years and had 3 children; Richard, Karen and David. In the spring of 1974 they decided to move to the United States; first to New York, then to their final residence in Bakersfield, California. They enjoyed life with their family and children, attending social events with friends, and Saturday night dancing. Sheila and Richard (Poppy) had 50 wonderful years together!
Sheila worked at New City Cleaners for many years. Upon retirement she became busier than ever. "Nanny," as her grandchildren affectionately called her, became the personal taxi service and seamstress for all the grandkids and she loved every minute of it! Every year she'd look forward to the annual Vegas trip. She enjoyed taking care of her grandkids, pushing that "old red broom" around, her daily cups of tea, listening to Tom Jones, traveling, and most of all our family gatherings. For the past 7 years her grandson Landon was the special joy in her life. Sheila, our Nanny and our Mum, was graceful, loving, and will be dearly missed by us all.
Over the years she was a member of the English/American Club, Elks Club and Moose Lodge. Sheila was extremely proud the day she took her oath to become a United States citizen on April 1, 1996.
Sheila is survived by her sons, Richard Cannon (Jenny), David Cannon (Patricia) and daughter Karen Cannon; grandchildren Steven, Matthew, Christy and Landon; great-grandchild Jeremy. She was preceded in death by both her parents and her husband of 50 years Richard Raymond Cannon.
Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3700 River Blvd, Bakersfield, CA.
"Memories are forever"
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 26, 2015
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