SHAWN CHERIE (MILLER) NYMAN(1961 - 2012)

Shawn was born Feb. 13, 1961 at Matthews General Hospital in Burlington, WA to Bruce F. Miller and Cherie J. Miller (Van Sickle) and went to be with her heavenly father November 8, 2012. When Shawn was born she was greeted by a sister Susan and a brother Greg.

Shawn spent a large portion of her childhood playing on the beach at Samish Island. She loved the beach and the sun.

Shawn went to Edison Elementary, eventually moving to Alaska with her parents and landing back in WA, graduating in 1979 from Auburn High School. After high school, Shawn eventually moved back to Burlington to raise her 3 sons, Jacob P. Nyman, now residing in Seattle, Joseph B. Nyman, now residing in Tacoma and Jeremiah T. Nyman, now residing in Bellingham. All 3 of her boys were students at Burlington-Edison High School. Shawn loved doing activities with her sons and became the first female president of the youth football league in Burlington, helping give the team its first name and identity, the Bengals.

Shawn went on to complete courses in law at Skagit Valley CC and finally earned a degree from the University of Southern Colorado as a Paralegal. She began her career at Stiles Law Firm in Sedro-Woolley, then moving to the Skagit County Court House and on to Brett & Daughert Law Offices in Bellingham. After a number of years with them, she was hired as an executive paralegal at the firm of Nelson Langer Engle in Seattle. She specialized in brain trauma and worked in the legal field for nearly 25 years.

Shawn loved helping people, especially those who had a good heart but were down on their luck. She provided legal counsel on the streets of Bellingham as a volunteer for several years helping the homeless and poverty stricken. She always enjoyed the chance to give the homeless a few bucks, a coat or a pair of shoes. She always said it made her day. Her nickname became "Sunshine" because of her positive outlook on life and her radiant smile. She loved to brighten up the day of anyone that would return a smile or friendly gesture. She always hoped to make a difference in someone's life day by day. She amazingly accomplished this goal in her short 51 years. One thing people always said is that you just can't help but love her.

Though she loved her job and was exceptionally good at it, it did not compare to how much she loved her 3 sons. From family vacations in sunny destinations, to camping, hiking, scavenger hunts, made-up games and holiday parties, Shawn was always up for a good time. She could be laughing and joking with a crowd of people and the next moment having an intimate face to face conversation. She had a knack for getting people together and acquiring long-time friends. All the love she had to share could not go without recognizing her love for animals, especially cats. She loved her antiques, muscle cars, blue beach glass, big hair, bright colors, pointy shoes, red lipstick, a good burger, and spending time with friends.

Shawn was a loved mother, daughter, sister, nanna, auntie and wonderful friend. She fought extremely hard for nearly 2 years battling cancer and was able to spend a lot more time with all of the people she loved over the course of that time. She left this earth in peace, surrounded by her 3 sons, just as she wanted.

Shawn is survived by her 3 sons, Jacob and his wife Pamela with their daughters, Laila and Mira, Joseph and his wife Sabrina Loucks with their son Joseph Jr. and daughter Persayus, and Jeremiah and his partner Katreana and his daughter Valerie. She is also survived by her mother, Cherie Miller Freeman and her husband Maurice "Bud" Freeman; her brother, Greg Miller and his wife Teresa and their 4 children, Jennifer Johnson and Luke, Beth and Debra Miller; her sister Susan's children, Dustin DeVries, Devon DeVries and Darby DeVries and by her aunts, Winnie Martin and Gladys Lee.

She was buried at Green Hills Cemetery in Burlington, WA, the city of her birth, on November 14, 2012. She has passed from this life into the open arms of God and we find joy in knowing that she is with her father and sister who went before her and is having a party in heaven with them this day.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Shawn and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com

Funeral Home

Lemley Chapel
1008 Third Street Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
(360) 855-1288

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Nov. 18, 2012