Josephine Mae "Jo" Sheely

Obituary
  • "May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of..."
  • "Dearest Pam ... Your loving description captures your..."
    - Karen Murphy
  • "We are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Sheely's passing. ..."
    - Debra and Victor Muro

December 28, 2018 Jo came to rest in her Land Park home after a lengthy illness and under hospice care. In her final days she reminisced with family members about her life and the joys of being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Even at 98 years old her memory and recall were incredible about numerous aspects of her life. Always stylishly dressed and impeccably groomed Jo was an elegant lady. But, her true beauty was in her heart, which she demonstrated in many ways. Family always came first in her life and her outward love for all was unconditional. Born in Beatrice, Nebraska to Louis and Mary Bloodgood, Jo was popular in high school and an AAU swimming and diving champion. After graduation her family moved to Oakland, CA. It was there that she met and fell in love with Bud Sheely, her husband until his death in 1985. Married in 1941, she followed Bud to various cities during his professional baseball career. After playing for the Chicago White Sox in the early '50s, Bud finished his career with the Sacramento Solons and the family settled here. In the early '60s Bud and Jo founded the Pancake Parade, leading-edge 24-hour restaurants, where they worked side-by-side as a team for many years. Jo's charm and grace were major contributing factors to the success of their business. Preceded in death by Bud and son, Mike, her survivors include: daughters, Judi Huntley (Doc) and Pam Murphy (Don); grandchildren, Jason McDaniel (Lisa), Jennifer Stanley (Gary), Mike Murphy (Emily), Sarah Brewer (Patrick), and Kyle Sheely; great grandchildren, Bailey and Paige Stanley, Maddie and Henry Murphy, Rosemary and Johnny Brewer; and brother, Donald Bloodgood (Shana). At her request there will no funeral services. "You are gone but thank you for all these soft, sweet things you have left behind in our homes, in our heads, in our hearts" Until Pam
Published in The Sacramento Bee from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2019