Sheila Beaugez, a resident of Waveland, Mississippi, slipped into heavenly peace on Thursday, July 1, 2004. Sheila was 45 years of age. She battled cancer for one year before the Lord called her home. Sheila graduated from D'Iberville High School in 1975. She went on to MSUW in Columbus and graduated in 1979 having obtained a BSW in Social Work. Sheila worked several different jobs from 79-81 before starting her career with the United States Post Office. She began as Distribution Clerk in 1981 moving on to Management Trainee in l983. Sheila was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1985. Sheila served as postmaster in Madison, MS in March 1985 through April, 1996. She returned to the coast and was Supervisor of Customer Service in Pass Christian until the position of Postmaster became available in February 1998 and she took that position. In May 2001, Sheila got the position of Manager of Post Office Operations, Jackson District and remained there until her passing. Sheila received numerous awards during her career some being Suggestion Award Sept. 83, Letter of appreciation Feb. 84, Sick Leave Award Oct. 87, Certificate of appreciation Oct. 96, Special Achievement Award Oct. 98, Diversity Outstanding Team Player Award Fiscal Year 2002, Outstanding AMS Database Mississippi District Fiscal Year 2002 and Mississippi District Excellence Award, Best Performance Fiscal Year 2002, Merit performance evaluations in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003,- rating "Far Exceeds."
The Best of the Best. Out of more than 8000 EAS employees in the Southeast Area, only 86 were recognized and invited to attend the 2003 awards Luncheon as outstanding achievers, Sheila was one of these employees. These employees represent the top 1% of outstanding achievers in our area. Of these 86 award winners, 16 were recognized for outstanding for the second consecutive year, again Sheila was among the 16. In fact, Sheila was recognized for outstanding performance all three years that she held the position of Manager Post Office Operations for the South Area. She was recognized for her sustained excellence and was considered one of the "Best of the Best." It was noted that Sheila's commitment to quality service helped to become a top five performer in Fiscal Year 2003.
Sheila was very active in the diversity Committee, constantly encouraging employee participation in diversity activities. She was assigned to number "ad-hoc" assignments throughout her Postal career including District Rural Timekeeping Instruction, Rural Delivery Instruction, City Delivery Instruction, Rural Route Adjuster, Mystery Shopper, Chairman of the Quality Improvement Team, co-chairman of the Metro PCC, participated in Community Leadership Program, 391 area coordinator for implementation of the Service in Five initiative. Sheila's reputation as a knowledgeable manager was respected and she was frequently called upon by her fellow managers. Sheila was very active in Youth Sports in the Bay St. Louis and Waveland area. She has coached baseball, football, soccer, and basketball. Sheila's two sons were usually on her team. She was a true mentor to many young athletes and she loved spending time at the fields. She was the PTO president at Waveland Elementary and Bay Catholic. Sheila was a wonderful Mother to Taylor Rosson and Hunter Beaugez. The most important role in Sheila's life was being a Mom and making sure that her boys had a good education, good manners and lots of fun. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and St. Thomas Prayer Group.
Mrs. Beaugez was preceded in death by her father James Beaugez; Maternal Grandmother Marie Kriss; Maternal Grandfather Gustave Freshe; Paternal Grandmothers Eva Beaugez and Anna Beaugez; Paternal Grandfather Lawrene Beaugez.
She is survived by her sons Taylor Rosson and Hunter Beaugez both of Waveland; her mother Evelyn Beaugez of D'Iberville; sisters Eva Beaugez of D'Iberville, Barbara Galle and her husband Lex of D'Iberville, and Sandra Beaugez of Bay St. Louis; brother Gerald Beaugez of San Francisco; 4 nieces and nephews Stacy Curran and her husband Wayne of Saucier, Lex Galle, Jr. and his wife Melissa of Woolmarket, Amie Galle of Bay St. Louis, and Sheldon Galle of D'Iberville; and five great nieces and nephews Nicole Buchheit and Anthony Curran of Saucier, Patrick Galle and Alexis Galle of Woolmarket, and Savannah Galle of Bay St. Louis.
A Funeral Mass will be Monday July 5, 2004 at 11AM at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach. Friends may visit one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will be in Biloxi City Cemetery. The family request donations to St. Thomas Prayer Group, 720 East Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS 39560, in lieu of flowers. Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home on 15th Street in Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.