Lois Wilma Sharkey

Lois Wilma Sharkey, 95, longtime resident of Creswell, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 19, surrounded by loved ones.

Born Oct. 6, 1922 in Ayr, North Dakota, Lois was one of 10 children of the late Emil and Linnie Nelson.

After attending the State Teachers College in Mayville, North Dakota and the North Dakota School of Forestry in Bottineau, North Dakota, Lois was employed by the Boeing Aircraft Company and the Cessna Company as an airplane mechanic and became one of the famous “Rosie, the Riveters” of World War II.

In 1945, she met the love of her life, David W. Sharkey, who was in the U.S. Navy at the time, and they married soon after.  On April 23rd of this year, they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.

Lois and Dave lived for many years in California while both were employed by the U.S. Naval Weapons Station in Concord; and upon retirement in 1974, they moved to Walton, Oregon, eventually settling in Creswell in 1995.

Lois was an avid reader and storyteller and loved tending to her garden, where there wasn’t a weed in sight. Hers was a life well lived and her legacy will be that of a dedicated wife and devoted mother and grandmother whose home was a welcoming place for all to gather. She was a devout Christian who set a fine example to those who knew and loved her.

She will be greatly missed by her two sons, David E. Sharkey (Carole) of El Dorado Hills, California and Paul D. Sharkey (Karen) of Creswell; her five grandchildren:  John, Ryan, Brent, Emily and Daniel; and 14 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Wyatt, Colt, Remington, Austin, Dawson, Ashelyn, Ava, Emmett, Carson, Gretel, Laura, Ivan and Nicolas.

Services were held at Hillside Church, 635 Holbrook Lane, Creswell, on Saturday, Nov. 25. Interment is set for a later date at Roseburg National Cemetery, 913 NW Garden Valley Boulevard, Roseburg.

Arrangements in the care of Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove.

, 95, longtime resident of Creswell, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 19, surrounded by loved ones.

Born Oct. 6, 1922 in Ayr, North Dakota, Lois was one of 10 children of the late Emil and Linnie Nelson.

After attending the State Teachers College in Mayville, North Dakota and the North Dakota School of Forestry in Bottineau, North Dakota, Lois was employed by the Boeing Aircraft Company and the Cessna Company as an airplane mechanic and became one of the famous “Rosie, the Riveters” of World War II.

In 1945, she met the love of her life, David W. Sharkey, who was in the U.S. Navy at the time, and they married soon after.  On April 23rd of this year, they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.

Lois and Dave lived for many years in California while both were employed by the U.S. Naval Weapons Station in Concord; and upon retirement in 1974, they moved to Walton, Oregon, eventually settling in Creswell in 1995.

Lois was an avid reader and storyteller and loved tending to her garden, where there wasn’t a weed in sight. Hers was a life well lived and her legacy will be that of a dedicated wife and devoted mother and grandmother whose home was a welcoming place for all to gather. She was a devout Christian who set a fine example to those who knew and loved her.

She will be greatly missed by her two sons, David E. Sharkey (Carole) of El Dorado Hills, California and Paul D. Sharkey (Karen) of Creswell; her five grandchildren:  John, Ryan, Brent, Emily and Daniel; and 14 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Wyatt, Colt, Remington, Austin, Dawson, Ashelyn, Ava, Emmett, Carson, Gretel, Laura, Ivan and Nicolas.

Services were held at Hillside Church, 635 Holbrook Lane, Creswell, on Saturday, Nov. 25. Interment is set for a later date at Roseburg National Cemetery, 913 NW Garden Valley Boulevard, Roseburg.

Arrangements in the care of Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove.