Sheila Magee

Obituary of Sheila Arlene Magee

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Sheila Arlene Magee, 72, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2022.  She is preceded in death by her parents Edgar and Velma Hoppenworth; loving husband Paul Magee; son Jonathan Magee; and brother Dean Hoppenworth.  Left to cherish her memory are her son Josh Magee and wife, Nele; daughter Wendy Tullo and husband, Tommy; brothers Denny Hoppenworth, and Dave Hoppenworth; grandchildren Jupiter, Camille, Asher, and a host of many other dear family and friends.


Sheila was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished time spent with family and especially her grandchildren. She was happily married to her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Paul, until he passed in November of 2014. During those years, they started with humble beginnings and together embarked on a life of adventure that took them around the world, living abroad in Venezuela, Norway and Saudi Arabia.  She enjoyed traveling and appreciating other cultures, particularly from a culinary perspective.  She loved every country she visited and always brought something home to remind her of the happy memories. Her travel highlights include Japan, France, the UK, Italy, and Costa Rica.


Together with Paul, Sheila enjoyed many good times but together they faced many challenges too. She tragically lost her first son to childhood leukemia, faced heart disease and survived breast cancer. Throughout these times she supported her family and was in turn supported by them.


Sheila loved children and as hers grew up, she looked forward to grandchildren. She and Paul started their family at a young age, which brought them infinite joy but also meant they missed out on some of the luxuries of youth. She wanted to ensure her children didn’t miss out on these and she succeeded, but it almost backfired as her children made her wait quite some time before making her a grandmother.


As they say, good things are worth the wait and Sheila loved, and lived for, her grandchildren. She lived on the same street as her daughter to be as close as possible.  She happily anticipated the weekly call from her son and grandson every Sunday evening and her visits to California to spend time together.  She enjoyed baking cookies, doing art projects, and playing Pokémon Go and other iPhone games with them. She was an avid reader her entire life and enjoyed passing her love of reading to her kids and grandkids.


Sheila was creative.   She enjoyed sewing and made many Halloween costumes through the years. She did ceramics, crochet and needlework, and pottery, even teaching classes when she lived in Saudi Arabia. She was a gardener and loved her Iowa tomatoes, corn, and rhubarb. She also could never resist the delicious temptation of chocolate. 


Sheila valued independent thought and taught her children to freely express their views and to always chase their dreams. She was the rock and foundation of her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.


A private memorial for Sheila will be held at Clayton Funeral Home (5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581) on Tuesday July 19, 2022.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in the name of Jonathan Magee.

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