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Shelia A Underwood (LaCombe)

October 8, 1954 - October 17, 2017

Shelia Underwood LaCombe passed away very suddenly in Portland, Oregon after several years of failing health. The first born girl to Charles and Ada after four rugged boys the blue eyed, auburn haired baby was the epitome of femininity from day one.  She was an independent, strong willed, determined, fearless and passionate woman who lived her life fully. From earning her diploma, nurses license, pilots license as well as driving drag race cars nothing was ever done half-heartedly.

Shelia worked as a nurse to the elderly for many years in the Portland area until her health declined. She loved her job and was a caring and compassionate care giver. She bore her recent illnesses with grace,  steadfastness and quiet strength. The family thanks Dr. Nance who cared for her these last few years and all the staff at Our Lady of Providence Hospital in Portland for the wonderful care they provided her during her recent hospitalizations.

Shelia is survived by her two sons Jason and Tynon, seven grandchildren, her mother Ada, sisters Cheryl and Teresa and brothers Charles Jr,  Micheal and David. She was preceded in death by her beloved granddaughter Isabella, brothers Stephen and Kenneth and her father Charles Sr.

A graveside service will be held at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Woodburn, Oregon  on Thursday, October 26th at 11am. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden, Salem Oregon. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Portland Humane Society in memory of her faithful canine companion of many years, Poochie.

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I had the honor of helping Sheila these last 4-5 years as part of her medical team. She quickly became very dear to myself and my co-workers. Sheila was warm, intuitive and so genuine in her interactions with us. She was thoughtful, remembering birthdays and the names of my children etc. She always offered words of encouragement when any of us were going through tough times, even when she herself was at her weakest. She would pray for me to get through night school and to not get eaten by a shark when I'm out surfing! I loved that lady and will miss her greatly. Sheila will always remind me of why I'm in this field, to care for people just like her.
My deapest condolences,
Shannon Stead

My sincerest condolences to Sheila's family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. 

I've had the great pleasure of helping care for Sheila the last 2 years. In the time that I've known her she always maintained a positive spirit despite her medical circumstances. She always made sure to ask how I was doing, how my family was doing and expressed so much joy when I told her that I was getting married. It was so easy to talk to her. I admired her optimistic personality and how she always saw the good in people. I will forever  miss her saying "hey kiddo!" and "oh brother!" after catching up on celebrity gossip from People magazine. I will miss her energy.  Working in healthcare can be difficult at times, but it is  people like Sheila, honest and a heart made of gold that make it all worth it. 

I will miss you dearly Sheila. Thank you for all the talks, all the advice, all the reassurance, and wisdom. Thank you for caring. Thank you for being you.