September 18, 1952 – May 31, 2019
Sheila Mackellar Adams was born three months premature to Duncan and Catherine (nee McDonough) Mackellar on September 18th, 1952 in Liverpool England. She has a brother and two sisters: Brian, Frances, and Angela.
On June 29th, 1966 Sheila, her mother, father, Brian, and Frances immigrated to Fresno, California. She was delighted by all the birds and the fruit. She attended and graduated from McLane high school in 1970.
On August 23rd, 1970 she was married to James Garland Adams who was in the U.S. Navy at the time. Jim and Sheila had two children: James Duncan (1971) and Christine Catherine (1973).
Between 1974 and 1977, Sheila served with her husband and children as missionaries in Belem, Brazil. Sheila took care of newborn children of lepers in a Catholic orphanage.
On August 9th, 1976, during a visit to the U.S., Sheila became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She said it was one of her proudest moments.
Sheila is an accomplished artist in both oil and watercolor, and a fantastic gourmet cook. She loved to garden, and watch birds and any other wildlife. She was a true friend of nature and even the mosquitos left her alone.
Sheila is survived by her husband James, her children James Adams and Christine Haindel, her grandchildren Justin Haindel, Walker Haindel, Lillian Haindel, Hayden Adams, Samuel Adams, Meredith Wilken, and Delaney Wilken, her son-in-law Robert Haindel, her daughter-in-law, Bethney Adams, her brother Brian MacKellar, and her sisters Frances Conyers and Angela Lawrence, and her nephews and nieces, Sean MacKellar and Shannon Mackeller, Jeffry and Lauren Conyers, and Ethan and Sophia Wetzel.
Sheila never met anyone that did not like her. Sheila will always be loved, remembered, and missed, as a lady in the truest meaning of the word. The light she brought into a room will never be forgotten.
Sheila’s clan is MacKellar!
- Celebration of Life Memorial Service Sunday, June 16, 2019