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Celebration of Life
Obituary of Sheila Ann Brummund
Sheila Ann Brummund of Hanna Alberta went home to be with Jesus and the heavenly hosts on December 3rd, 2023. She was 73 years old.
Sheila was born on Wednesday December 14th, 1949, in Fort McCleod to Carl & Marie Nihill. She was the youngest of five children and attended formal Education until Grade 9 at the Fort McCleod School Elementary. She had three sisters: Leah, Jean, Delma and one brother Willard. She left home at the age of 16 and went to Calgary Alberta to attend Beauty school; this is where her hairdressing career started. Later in her career she returned to school to get certified as an aesthetician.
Her dad: Carl Nihill passed away when Sheila was a baby, and so her mom Marie Nihil raised their five children on her own. Sheila never knew her earthly farther, but she got to know her heavenly father later in her mid 20’s. She dedicated her life to Jesus when she was in her twenties and maintained that commitment throughout her entire adult life until her death. Her devotion and love of Jesus was evident to her young sons (Scot & Chad) who also chose to follow Jesus and a heavenly legacy was born in the family. She helped introduce the love of Jesus to Scot and Chad and dutifully supported them in growing a lasting relationship with our saviour & Lord Jesus Christ.
Sheila met her first husband Dick Macquarie in Lethbridge when she started her hairdressing business. Together they had a son whom they named Scot Normal Macquarie. Scot was born on January 1st, 1971, but unfortunately, their marriage dissolved while Scot was still a young boy.
After her divorce, she met Terry Edward Brummund in Lethbridge, Alberta and they got married in Creston BC while Scot was still a toddler. The three of them moved to Stettler Alberta and lived there for a couple of years. They made the decision to move to Hanna in 1976. Shortly after moving to Hanna, they welcomed Chad Edward Carl Brummund on November 8th, 1978.
Terry Brummund adopted Scot as his own son and their family was complete.
Sheila worked with a dear friend at a salon in Stettler for several years before moving to Hanna. Her hairdressing career started in her home and grew over the years. She developed many life-long friendships and loyal clients through her calling as a hairdresser/beautician. Even though her small business started up inside her home, she possessed natural talent and great clientele which allowed her to successfully run a hairdressing business for more than four decades. Sheila nurtured her relationships with her clients and her salon moved to a larger location in downtown Hanna. It is important for us to know that her decision to start her salon inside their home allowed all her serve her clients right in her own home. This allowed her to serve her clients like family members who got to know her sons because all her clients watched her sons grow up on a regular basis.
Sheila loved her career as a hairdresser, it brought her lots of joy over the years. It was her opportunity to give back to the community through dedicate service, a listening ear, and a loyal friend with an encouraging word. She used her business to gladly share her faith in Jesus Christ and touched so many people’s lives through her chair. She did this for forty-two years until she retired in the summer of 2017.
When Sheila’s health dictated that she retires, she graciously embraced retirement! She scheduled her days around her family, and regular events offered at Bethel Evangelical church and regular shopping trips with her dear friends. Attending Hanna Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church was a great delight because she enjoyed the visits with her friends, church members and the sermons that lifted her spirit in worship. The programs offered like Ladies’ Bible study on Tuesdays were very meaningful to her because she looked forward to attending them and learning from the other ladies in the church. She loved being invited to events in the church like baby showers and engagement parties because she got a chance to spoil newly weds and soon to be parents. She never missed a sport or extracurricular activity that her granddaughters were involved in. She was intentional about her time and attendance; she knew there would come a time when she would not be able to attend these events.
Her loud and contagious laughter could brighten any room. Her love of Jesus always came first in her life, but a close second were her sons and her three granddaughters. She often said: “I have put everything I have into my son and my granddaughters.” Maya 12 years old, Mary 6 years old, and Anna 2 years old were her biggest motivation, she made sure to pour her all into them and unconditionally love them. She made it a hobby of hers to spoil them, spent time with them and teach them about Jesus’s love for us. She took enormous pride in being there for her grandbabies; cheering them on from the front and center of any arena, laughing, crying or whatever emotional support the girls needed for whatever event they took on, they were confident their grandma was there to support them no matter what. Sheila never had a daughter of her own so when her son Chad married Catherine Rubanga, she poured her heart and soul into loving Catherine as her own and counted herself so blessed when Chad and Catherine had three wonderful daughters.
She lived with a big presence. It is true that some of us had hard time navigating our ways around it, but in all of that, we know she led with passion because she had a great love for people and their wellbeing. She was passionate about a lot of topics and shared her opinion whenever she was given the opportunity.
Sheila was predeceased by her Mother Marie Nihill, Father Carl Nihill, sister Leah Schwalder, brother Willard Nihill and her beloved son Scot Brummund. Sheila will be terribly missed, and her memory will live on in many hearts and minds especially in her family and friends. We know that Sheila is in a better place, she is not in pain and her life was meaningful and left a strong legacy of faith, perseverance, and unconditional love.
Her work on earth is done, and we give thanks to God that she completed her life’s purpose.