Sheila Marie (Miller) Putnam of Johannesburg, Michigan, formerly Clinton Township, Michigan passed away at the age of 65, on Sunday, September 27, 2020, from a very short battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Sheila was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 8, 1955, to William and Barbara (Coman) Miller. She graduated from St. Clemens Catholic School in 1973. Sheila married the love of her life, Randy Putnam at the age of 19, on April 18, 1975.
Sheila was a homemaker and selfless caregiver who raised their three children with God and unconditional love. She instinctively became Co-Den Mom to Cub Scout Pack 248 and Committee Chair to Troop 248 where her mastery of planning, coordination, and creativity shined through and ultimately lead to many Eagle Scouts. Beyond Scouting years, many of these families became her Euchre night, adventure-seeking, traveling companions who were her life-long best friends. Sheila had a bright smile and a twinkle in her eye that was so inviting and comforting to so many. She loved to travel, golf, play games, craft and spend time with her friends up north and down in Florida.
“Nana” was a title that brought complete joy to her life. She was always sitting on the floor making puzzles or teaching the kids how to use their imagination while playing with “Little People”. Her grandchildren loved to follow their Nana around with instruments to make a marching band. She was their biggest fan in all their extracurricular activities and she celebrated all their accomplishments big and small. She will always hold a special place in their heart with the memories she built with them.
Sheila was survived by husband Randall, Mother-in-law Alice Zendt, her children Teresa (Brandon) Wiley, William (Julia) Putnam, Janine (Justin) Varnes, her grandchildren Autumn, Emmie, Josie, Adilynn, Henry, Forrest, Harrison, and baby Putnam on the way. Also, her sisters Pamela Kondziolka, Sara Mall, Julia (Ron) Kieler, sisters-in-law Sharee Putnam and Joy Putnam, brother-in-law Jerry Byrd and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Barbara Miller, Father-in-law David Putnam, sister Linda Byrd, and brothers-in-law David Kondziolka, Steven Mall, and Jeffrey Putnam.
Due to COVID-19, the family will be hosting an open house celebration of life at Sheila’s daughters’ home in Macomb, MI, on Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 1-5 pm. If you need the address, please contact the family. This will be held outside, so dress for the weather.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, you may send a contribution in Sheila’s name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at PO Box 414238 Boston, MA 02241-4238. www.themmrf.org
Arrangements entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.