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MARY CORINNE MEIER SHEHAN
Mary Corinne Meier Shehan was born on December 16, 1928 and passed away on March 18, 2017.
She is survived by one sister, Coralee "Coke" Meier Ledfors; seven children, Mary Shehan Hill, Daniel Shehan III, Timothy Shehan, Catherine "Cat" Shehan Ayala, Elizabeth "Betsey" Shehan Baker, Barbara Shehan Welty, and Theresa "Tree" Shehan Janicek; thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. She was the eldest daughter of Reginald Meier and Genevieve McMurdo Meier and was married to Daniel Edward Shehan, Jr. who passed away in July 1991. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, John "Jack" Meier who passed away in April 2015 and her granddaughter, Giselle Esmé Ayala who passed away in April 2013.
Mary was born in Long Beach, California and went to school in Banning and Riverside. She graduated from Riverside Poly High School in 1946. She joined the U.S. Navy as a WAVE and was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois where she met her future husband. She and Dan were married in September 1951 and had their first child, Mary, in October 1952. She was the proud mother of seven children born within eight years. In the 1960s, she was referred to as the "neighborhood mom" because the Shehan house was the place where all of the neighborhood kids would go to have fun. Parents never worried about their children because they knew Mary was always able to have "one eye on what she was doing and one eye on all the kids". She laughed easily, always made the best potato salad, and served the coldest watermelon.
In 1971, Mary enrolled at Riverside City College and later went on to University of California, Riverside and California State University, San Bernardino where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In July of 1991, she received a Master of Science degree from National University in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.
She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher at St. Catherine's Catholic School in Riverside. She later taught in the Alvord Unified School District at La Sierra High School and Wells Middle School where she obtained a tenured teaching position. She was a dedicated and beloved English teacher who "cared for her students and respected them no matter where they came from." She was recognized for her ability to involve her students in creative thinking and writing. She retired in 1998 from her teaching position at Wells Middle School.
In 2007, while on vacation in Oregon visiting one of her children, she fell in love with the seasons and spent 10 years enjoying the beauty and tranquility she found there. She died very peacefully in her home in Salem, Oregon with her family at her side.
Mary will be remembered for her exceptional ability to engage in conversation. Those who knew her were constantly astounded by the profundity of information she had about any given topic. She had a love of writing, a library filled with cherished books, a desire to travel, a positive outlook on life, and an unconditional, unwavering love for her family. One of her many qualities when raising her children was teaching them "proper manners" and instilling the quality of "treating others with dignity and respect." She will be remembered fondly as "Missy, Mary, Mom, Aunt Missy, Mrs. Shehan, and Grammy," all names she honored and cherished.
Those who wish to honor Mary are encouraged to perform an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness. Donations may be made to the GBS/CIDP Foundation International at https://www.gbs-cidp.org
Published in Press-Enterprise on May 14, 2017
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