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Obituary – Virginia Sheen

Virginia Sheen

In loving memory of Virginia Sheen January 30, 1934 – February 18, 2020

Virginia was born in 1934, to her parents Dr. Howard & Katherine Allison in the small town of Summit IL, just outside of Chicago. At that time most doctors still worked out of their homes and the whole family assisted when necessary. America was emerging from the Great Depression; Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president. WWII had not started but Hitler would become the Chancellor of Germany later that year, and radio was the new media and source of information.

Virginia grew up with her two younger brothers Robert & Richard, graduated from college with a teaching degree and became a teacher, like her mother, until her second child was born. She married Fulton Sheen II on June 28, 1956 and together they had five children Fulton (Tripp), Dick, Bill, Allison & Jim. Virginia started teaching again in 1977, at McClure Jr. High in Western Springs IL where she taught proper English. She would never miss the opportunity to correct and instruct those around here in proper language usage.
In 1997 Virginia and Fulton, a practicing attorney, retired and moved from their home in Western Springs, IL to Carlsbad CA, where they lived for the last 23 years. Virginia is survived by her husband of 63 years Fulton, her sons Tripp (& Cheryl), Bill (& Adrienne), daughter Allison, her grandchildren Jenny Owen, Crystal Miller and Jessica Strickler, and her great grandchildren Kya, Elora and Eliana Miller, and Brady and Blake Strickler.

Virginia was the last of her family from the greatest generation which is fast disappearing. She lived through WWII, the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the first space flight, the moon landing, and the creation of television, computers, cell phones, the internet and so much more.

She will be remembered by many for her quick wit, abrupt responses, sense of humor, good taste in décor & fashion, and for being a wonderful teacher.

More importantly she will be remembered as a lifelong partner by her husband, and as a mother who loved and cared for her children and taught them to do the same.