April 21, 2019
Marjorie Sheehan O’Shea, 96, of Portland, Oregon, formerly Litchfield and Hopkins, passed though the pearly gates April 21, 2019, due to a stroke. At her request, there will be no service.
Born in Williston, North Dakota to Patrick Sheehan, a railroad conductor, and Kathryn Mitchell, a telegrapher. She was raised with brothers, Patrick and Jerald.
Marjorie was a Williston High School graduate, a business education major at University of North Dakota and a 77 year Pi Beta Phi member. Marjorie was a shorthand proficient professional secretary. Some of the positions she held over her life were with Army-Air Force Redistribution Station in Santa Monica, California during WWII, Mid-Continent Airlines, Hennepin County for Sheriff Ed Ryan, Meeker County Memorial Hospital Medicare office, Litchfield High School and Emmanuel Hospital Social Work department in Portland, Oregon.
Marjorie was a devoted volunteer. She gave service throughout her long life in many areas such as during WWII at the Veteran’s Affair (VA) hospital in Minneapolis as a “Gray Lady”, Methodist Hospital in St Louis Park delivering mail to patients, Camp Fire Girls leader, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) instructor, an election judge, tutor at a Portland Elementary School, at several National Golf tournaments and by serving food for decades with a devoted group on Saturdays at the Blanchet House for the homeless in Portland, Oregon.
Marjorie loved biographies, chocolate, vicarious travel, good coffee, babies, Charlie Rose, Tai Chi and ten-dollar words (fiduciary, lapis lazuli sky, copacetic, sommelier, terra firma, gravitas). Two passions of Marjorie’s were her family and volunteer service.
She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved first born son Timothy (Fran) who passed away in 2009; brothers; and former husband Patrick.
She is survived by her children, Sheila (Mike) Colorado Springs, Colorado, Patty (Kevin) Portland, Oregon, Terry (George) Portland, Oregon and Michael (Scott) Palm Springs, California; grandchildren, Dan (Holly), Mitchell (Kelly), Anson (Cambria), Bridget (Julie), Kathryn (James) and Libby; great-grandchildren, Lillian, Ella, Brendan, Kenzie, Kaya, Woodley and Linden; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Blanchet House, blanchethouse.org or 310 North Glisan St, Portland, Oregon 97209, where Marjorie volunteered for decades serving meals to the indigent.