Sheila Rae Shakra Wierda, 62, of Manhattan, Mont., passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman.
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Sheila was born May 6, 1952 in Bozeman to Leonard and Betty Dyk, both of Bozeman.
She graduated from Manhattan Christian School in 1970. She married Milad "Mal" Thomas Shakra, of Danbury, Conn., on Dec. 28, 1978. Together they had two children, Josh and Lensi. Sheila moved from Montana to New Mexico with her family in 1985. She returned to Churchill, Mont. in 2002, after Mal lost his battle with cancer. She lived with her mother, Betty, and their loyal companion, "Boomer." On Dec. 31, 2007, Sheila married Wesley Wierda of Manhattan, Mont.
Sheila is survived by her loving husband, Wesley Wierda; her two children, Joshua and Lensi Shakra; her two step-daughters, Bree Leep and Cadie Melon; her mother, Betty "Grams" Dyk; her sisters, Sharon Leep and Beverly Hoekema; her brother, Gilbert; five beautiful step-grandchildren, Dylan, Jackson, Sam, Mac, and Mazzie; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Sheila was first and foremost a bride of Christ and devote member of the Church of Christ. Always sharp with her wit, she could light up a room with her smile and sense of humor.
She loved to cook, feed, and entertain friends and family. "Providing meals and a clean home is how I show my family I love them." Sheila suffered from a life-long battle with rheumatoid arthritis; a battle that left her body ravage, but her faith unscathed. She faced every day filled with immense pain with unmatched strength and bravery. She loved to write letters of encouragement to others in need of love. Loved ones described her as an incredible example of endurance to those in difficult situations. Her faith in GOD and his promise of eternal peace powered her through her constant and unrelenting struggles. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." – 2 Tim 4:7
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Graveside services will take place Wednesday, July 2 at 10 a.m. at Churchill Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from June 29 to July 1, 2014