Zoe Ann Sheehy

Zoe Ann Sheehy, 77, passed away after a courageous and hard fought battle with ovarian cancer on Friday, November 13th, 2009 at the St. Catherine Center at Providence Park in Waco. Graveside services will be 11AM Monday, November 16th at Oakwood Cemetery with Father Lawrence Soler officiating. The Holy Rosary will be recited 7PM Sunday, November 15th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with visitation to follow at the church. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at www.LakeShoreFuneralHome.com.

Zoe was born October 31, 1932 to Dr. Clarence Hubby Reese and Hal (Barnes) Reese. Married to former Waco Mayor (1992-96) J. Robert (Bob) Sheehy in 1954, she was a lifelong Waco resident.

Zoe was a devoted wife to Bob, her husband of 55 years, providing constant, constructive support for his many civic and community endeavors. St. Louis Elementary, Reicher High School, Providence Hospital, McLennan Community College and the City of Waco are just some of the institutions that benefited from the dedicated efforts of Bob and Zoe over the years. They were a formidable team.

Along with assisting Bob with his civic duties and his successful career as an attorney, Zoe was a loving mother to their six children. An active and caring mother, Zoe made sure all of her children made it to adulthood safely and in good health and made certain that they all graduated from college. They have, in turn, blessed her with 10 grandchildren. Her faithfulness, her determination and her ferocious love for not only her family, but also for her many friends made her a paradigm that we can only hope to emulate.

Her 4-year battle with cancer showed her incredible strength and courage. Already confronted with caring for her husband stricken with Alzheimer

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  1. My thoughts and prayers go to all of you. My husband, Joe and I spent many wonderful times with Bob and Zoe Ann while Bob was on active duty in Indiana. As a matter of fact, we are Bobby’s godparents. One of the most beautiful women I have ever known

  2. Ann & Bill Sheehy

    We aare so sorry at your great loss. She was a wonderful Lady and will be truly missed.

    Our prayers are with you.


    Ann and Bill

  3. I met Zoe briefly when she stayed with Laura in San Antonio in ’08, but I know what a special lady she was from all the conversations that I had with Laura.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  4. My thoughts are with your family and especially with Laura during this sad time.

  5. Bob and Gretchen Leath
  6. From Bob & Heather Bledsoe our deepest sympathies to the entire Sheehy family.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, Laura, as well as with your entire family. I am truly thankful for the opportunity I had to meet Zoe – what an amazing woman!

  8. A really nice lady, a terrific tennis mom, a good tennis player in her own right, and a great friend to my Mom and Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sheehy family. Love, Craig

  9. I never met Zoe but, like Ann Lumm, I know what a great person, wife and mother she was. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sheehy family now.

  10. Guy & Carol King

    We are so saddened to hear of Zoe Ann’s passing. During the time we lived in Waco, we were dear friends and shared wonderful times with she and Bob. We have thought of them often and remember precious memories.

    Guy & Carol King

    Our love to all of the family.

  11. jeanine jelinek and bruce anderson

    sorry we canot be with you.
    our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  12. My first reaction is…this can’t be…Zoe Ann was a blessing to us all…so kind, loving, always a smile. I remember so many wonderful days and evenings at their house, with family or just with them…moments of good coversation, caring and love, and lot’s of laughter. She and Bob are so much a part of my life and I am so happy I got to be part of her life and family. God bless you Zoe Ann…God will now have a very special person to help him with this very challenging world. With all my heart and love to the Sheehy family, Jim

  13. Jimmy, Patti and Zachary Sheehy

    We are so sorry for your loss. We truely wish we could be there. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Laura, thank you so much for letting me know about Zoe Ann’s death. She was my precious room-mate at Christian College when we first went away to college. We have kept up with each other thru the years sharing the hi-lights of our families.My husband and I saw Bob and Zoe Ann a few years ago when we were in Waco visiting a grand daughter at Baylor. It was a good reunion for us and we e-mailed a few times after that. The written memorial to your mom touched my heart. I think she was the Proverbs 31 woman to her husband and family. My life has been blessed by her friendship. Her picture is beautiful. May God’s presence comfort all of you.Most sincerely with heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Jopy

  15. I had only met mom once, but felt a lot of love and family in her.

  16. As you all are aware I was just in Waco for my own Mom’s funeral. It is never easy to say good bye regaurdless of how sick they are. Your Mom always remembered to send me a card on my birthday and had a drink ready for me when I would stop over to visit her and Bob.
    It was always a SPECIAL treat to come by for the Christmas eve breakfast to see the family but especially your Mom and Dad. I always felt she treated me as one of her own.She was very firm, but fair. I have comfort knowing that we have another angel watching over us!
    God Bless,

  17. Linda and Mike Sheehy

    I know that this is a trying time for the whole family, but things will get better. Zoe Ann was a wonderful lady and will be truely missed by all. Our prayers are with you all.
    Much love,
    Linda and Mike

  18. I remember her as a gracious lady, always kind.

  19. i am in tears. i got to know Zoe Ann & Bob with the TADC. we walked, played tennis and talked. in a world of pretense, she was the yellow rose. Allan & I are honored to have been a friend. I was so excited when she came to San Antonio and met me for lunch. If we could come to the service we would. I have been to several services for people where i was amazed at the number of people attending. the church will be overflowing with the people there and the love from those who are there in spirit.

  20. Pat, Carrie, Maggie, and Julia Leonard


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    GOOD-BYE, proud world! I’m going home:
    Thou art not my friend, and I’m not thine.
    Long through thy weary crowds I roam;
    A river-ark on the ocean brine,
    Long I’ve been tossed like the driven foam;
    But now, proud world! I’m going home.

    Good-bye to Flattery’s fawning face;
    To Grandeur with his wise grimace;
    To upstart wealth’s averted eye;
    To supple Office, low and high;
    To crowded halls, to court and street;
    To those who go, and those who come;
    Good-bye, proud world! I’m going home.

    I am going to my own hearth-stone,
    Bosomed in yon green hills alone –
    A secret nook in a pleasant land,
    Whose groves the frolic fairies planned;
    Where arches green, the livelong day,
    Echo the blackbirds roundalay,
    And vulgar feet have never trod
    A spot that is sacred to thought and God.

    O, when I am safe in my sylvan home,
    I tread on the pride of Greece and Rome;
    And when I am stretched beneath the pines,
    Where the evening star so holy shines,
    I laugh at the lore and the pride of man,
    At the sophist schools and the learned clan;
    For what are they all, in their high conceit,
    When man in the bush with God may meet?

  21. Russell Devorsky

    Dear Sheehy Family,

    It was with deep regret that I learned of the death of your wife and mother, Zoe Ann. I know that words won’t fill the void left in your lives, however, I hope that you will find comfort in the love and sympathy of your many friends.

    May I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences. From my family to yours, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    With Warmest Regards,
    Russell, Amy, Taylor, and Stephen Devorsky

  22. I was so saddened to receive word from Lola Rhodes (my sister) about Zoe Ann’s passing. Each of you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

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