On May 23, 2020, Jenny Marie Sheffield’s spirit joined those she loved that journeyed before her. Jenny was born in Coeur d’Alene on October 29, 1974, to her parents Becky and Gary Shields of Coeur d’Alene, ID. After graduating from Coeur d ‘Alene High School in 1993, she went on to NIC for her Associate Degree, Lewis & Clark University for her bachelor’s in social work, EWU for her Master of Social Work, and finishing with her LCSW. Knowing she wanted to impact the lives of individuals, families, and her communities, she worked in programs that would allow her the opportunity to use the many tools she had learned. She became a mentor to many in her life and especially her peers at High Roads. Recently she met one of her lifelong dreams by beginning Positive Vibes Counseling so that she could reach young children and their families.
You could capture the sunshine in Jenny's smile when she was telling the story of the three most important days of her life: meeting her husband, Nathan Sheffield, in 1992 while he was cruising Sherman in a Miata, joining in the partnership of marriage in 1998; and finally with the birth of Gracie Marie in 2006.
Jenny touched so many lives with her caring, empathy, nurturing, and nonjudgmental manner. Her friends have described her as pure love who didn’t only believe in magic but was magic. Her beautiful blue eyes were the magic for Nathan. Just a few of the words used by her family and friends when describing their love for Jenny were love, kindness, integrity, loyal, hugger, best friend, beautiful mother, caring daughter, supportive sister, positive influence for women, and especially a passionate fan of James Taylor. It made Jenny’s heart sing to watch Gracie blossom into such a beautiful young woman and she especially loved being one of Gracie’s fan club at her fast pitch softball games.
Jenny is survived by her husband of 21 years, Nathan Sheffield; their daughter, Gracie Marie; her parents, Becky Shields of CDA and Gary Shields of CDA; mother and father in law, Trudy and Art Elliott and her grandmother, Harvella Fletcher (Bebe); her brothers, Tony Shields (Amber Meadows & children); Scott and Trent Shields (and their families); Nathan’s brothers, Colin Sheffield(Kate Whalen), Arthur Elliott IV (Tyana); Nathan’s sisters, Maliena Sheffield, Barbara May (Rich), Kristen Elliott, plus many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A special thank you to Hospice Schneidmiller House for their compassionate care as well as to all her friends who have been angels to her family with their love and support. How blessed we all are to have Jenny touch our lives in so many beautiful ways. We will miss you, Jenny, but we know that you are sharing your sunshine wherever you travel.
A Celebration of Jenny’s life is being planned for late August, and Nathan will place a notification with the specific date and location on Facebook.