Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Sheila (Nickel) Newman Memorial
Sheila (Nickel) Newman Memorial

Sheila (Nickel) Newman

Sheila (Nickel) Newman

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Sheila Marie (Nickel) Newman, passed away at the age of 68, surrounded by loved ones, on May 20, 2020 in Bellingham, WA.

Sheila was born June 21, 1951 to Glenn Nickel and Luella Ann Rinehart, she was the eldest of her siblings. Sheila spent her years in Washington State, eventually settling in Whatcom County.

Sheila enjoyed horseback riding and bowling in her earlier years, spent time crafting, attending to her beloved pets and visiting with friends.

Sheila is survived by her husband, Tim Griffith of Ferndale; Daughter, Michele Rooks of Birdsview; son, Michael Rooks (Amber) of Sedro-Woolley, as well as siblings, Sharon Ladd of Moses Lake, David Nickel (Gigi) of Seattle, Glenn Nickel (Deirdre) of Azalea, Oregon, Pam Patterson of Ocean Park, and John Main of The Dalles, Oregon.  Many beautiful grandchildren and numerous friends she considered family.

Sheila was preceeded in death by her parents and her step-son Jeffery Wayne Newman.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date, as gathering restrictions are lifted. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Val Bisbey

    Dear Michele and Michael….I have not seen Sheila for many years. However, I have nothing but great memories, fun and laughter, from being with her. You two sometimes accompanied her to our softball games and tournaments, so I have memories of you both also! Your mom was our scorekeeper, the best in the business. Our team had so much fun and she was an integral part of it. I also bowled with Sheila. We were State Champions one year, a remarkable fete for five very common housewives. We all bowled out of our trees that weekend. I loved your mom…she just said it like it was. Proud to have been her friend….and she was so very proud of you both.

  • Victoria Jean Driskill

    I cant believe you are gone. Thank you for being my friend. You were so easy to talk to and so so sweet to me. You will be missed until we meet again.
    Your Bitch twin “I always got a kick outta that” , Victoria

  • LOC

    I miss you so much already sheila my friend. I asked tim when he went to go see you if he would just kindly whisper in your ear that I was sorry for our fallouts a couple times that we had them and to tell you that I love you and that I will miss you. You tim and I were such good friends to the point that we called each other family. I’m glad you were a part of my life sheila and I will never forget all the talks we had about life…my kids…your kids…and about GOD . You will always be in my heart sheila…till we meet again my good friend….Rest easy sheila you are now free from pain and all hurt. Talk with you again someday.

  • Kristy Brown-Brase

    Fly high sweet lady, you’ll be missed more than you’ll ever know

  • Glenny

    Spread that smile, that of true joy,
    cover those scares, living life to your fullest , loving those who need it most,
    Reminding the rest their not forgotten, we will remember the woman we all knew and loved until the day our spirits once more join , thank you sister

  • Sis

    I thank you for the backbone you gave me. You always told us to speak our minds, those who matter won’t mind and those that don’t probably needed to hear the truth!
    No matter how old I got, I knew if I needed to have you hold me, you were there. I will miss the good times we had.
    Now what am I suppose to do when I just need my mom?
    I’m happy you are finally free of all the chains that binded you while you were here. Fly my beautiful Mom!