Sheila Corcoran

Sheila L. Corcoran, Esq., passed away at the age of 61 in Mesa, Arizona on March 25, 2012, just five days after her birthday. Sheila is survived by her husband, John. H. Corcoran; sons David and Brendon Hall, and Jess, Jason, and Johnny Corcoran; 10 grandchildren; and her siblings, brothers George and Dwight Snodgrass, and sister, Nina Grobben. To escape the fast-paced city life of Reno, Nevada, Sheila moved with her two sons to Cedar Creek in the summer of 1978. Their first year was full of introductions of adventures, hardships, and life-changing events as they lived in a 100-year-old horse barn, some 40 miles north of Colville. But that was the life she wanted for her boys --one that would challenge them, mold them, and build character. After building their permanent home in 1979, Sheila began homeschooling her boys, as well as together learning how to garden, raise farm animals, and ride horses. In pioneering this remote lifestyle, she gleaned from the experiences of others in the small community, resulting in bonds of lifelong friendship. Horses were a large passion of Sheila’s. She and her son, David, would spend countless months and hundreds of miles conditioning their horses for endurance rides – marathons for both the horses and their riders. Looking back, Sheila would delight in telling tales of their encounters with bears and cougars during these rides. In the years at Cedar Creek, Sheila worked part time as a Stevens County EMT, as well as a secretary at the Colville Medical Center. Sheila met and fell in love with her husband, John, and married in the Fall of 1983, abandoning the remote life of Cedar Creek. Over the course of the years, she worked with John in raising their newly expanded family, building several businesses, and laboring alongside the friends and family of her church community. Eventually, she returned to school to complete her undergraduate work in Journalism. Following, a law degree was earned when she graduated at the head of her class from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane. Upon completion of law school, Sheila returned to her home at Marble to develop her law practice. She was able to enjoy a few years in her long-desired profession before diabetes compromised her eyesight, and a very rare and painful infection attacked her legs, eventually resulting in long hospital stays and amputations. She never had the opportunity to return home. In the summer of 2011, Sheila relocated to Gilbert, Arizona to undergo physical rehab therapy from her son, Brendon, a sports injury rehab physiologist. In the spring of 2012, her body gave way to the effects of diabetes. Sheila will always be remembered for her love for the Lord, her family, and her home in northeast Washington. Sheila’s final years were full of physical pain and suffering. Our hearts are in agreement with the words so eloquently written by her dear friend, “[as] you are released from this veil of tears, it is unimaginable the joy and peace you will soon find in the presence of our Lord. I know life has been very difficult for you these past few years, but the Bible says that our sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that it shall work in us (2 Corinthians 5:17). Such glory, my dear Sheila, you will soon know.” A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 15 at 4 p.m. at Marble Community Church (3383 Highway 25 N., Northport). All friends and neighbors are invited to celebrate Sheila’s life. We invite you to bring hors d’oeuvres, as refreshments will be provided, for a time of fellowship following the service. cards can be mailed in care of John Corcoran, P.O. Box 530, Northport, WA 99157. Flowers can be delivered care of John Corcoran, 412 Center Ave., Northport, WA 99157.