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Sheila Anne Rudge
February 2, 1937 ~ August 5, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Sheila Anne Rudge was born in Colchester, England on February 2, 1937, to William and Stella Rose Rudge. She lived the first half of her life in England. The last half of her life she lived in Tullahoma, Tennessee as the cousin and dear friend of Doreen Smith. Sheila and Doreen met late in life but instantly became bosom buddies. Sheila had a great since of humor and a positive attitude. She was a great help to Doreen and to her husband Art in dealing with the daily struggle of Doreen's Muscular Dystrophy. Sheila and Doreen were active in the Sweet Adeline singing group and helped with the community chorus for many years. After Doreen's death in 2001, Sheila helped Art in his struggle with back pain until his passing in 2004. Sheila then continued to help many lady friends with cleaning and taking them to doctor appointments. She had a very special friendship with Clara Baird and family.
Sheila loved Clara's daughters and grandchildren who treated her as one of their family. Sheila was also active in her Tuesday group of ladies who got together each Tuesday for lunch- Renate Stone, Margie Gerard, Gisela Pross, and Isolde Pearson. The family would like to thank these friends especially Renate as well as Judy and Linwood Price, and Ed LeBlanc of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church for being such great friends and visiting Sheila so frequently during her stay at The Lifecare Center of Tullahoma. We would also like to thank the staff at The Lifecare Center for their excellent care, especially Jessica the wound nurse. Sheila is survived by her brother Bill Rudge (Margaret) of Baldivis, Western Australia, her cousins Jeff Smith (Jeanette) of Los Angeles, California and Jo Ann (Smith) Johnson (Jeff) of Huntsville, Alabama. Sheila died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday evening, August 5, 2023. May God rest her soul.
A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 2:00PM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Tullahoma. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at the church.