Sheila Irene Sanders

December 29, 1975 - April 24, 2022

Sheila Irene Sanders, 46, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for about 20 years, formerly of Bear Lake, ID, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Cape Coral. She was born December 29, 1975, in Livonia, MI.

Sheila was of the Christian faith. She worked as a nurse at Gulf Coast Medical Center and was a decorated Army veteran dedicated to serving her country, patients, and her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald Sanders; parents, Arnold and Victoria Smith of Fort Myers, FL; children, James Garrett of Fort Myers, Jacob Garrett of Cape Coral, Brandon Garrett of Dallas, TX, Emily Garrett of Cape Coral, Riley Dittes of Cape Coral, and Tyler Dittes of Cape Coral; siblings, Patty Smith-Jones of Livonia, MI; a granddaughter, Phoenix; as well as her Gulf Coast Medical Center Family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Details to be announced via

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Gladys Heidig May 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Dear Ron and family, there are no words 💔 Sheila was an amazing woman, mother, wife and nurse. There are so many memories that will be cherished, I send you and the kids all my love.

  2. Tina Garn May 2, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I loved this lady. Such a sweet heart and never a mean word about anyone. You will be missed Sheila! Go fly high and spread your smile among the angels. I’ll never forget all of our amazing conversations. Much love to Ron and all the family.

  3. Claudio Machevan May 2, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    My heart goes out to Ron, the children and the complete rest of the family! Praying for peace and comfort for all of them. Sheila will always be in our hearts and we will never forget her!

  4. Lorraine and Bruce May 2, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Ron I’m so sorry to hear this. She was a great lady, wife and mom.
    Prayers for you, family and friends.
    If you need anything please let us know.

  5. Amy (Smith) Mason May 2, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I have many warm memories of times when we were small. May God carry you all through this impossible time and find peace with the Lord.

  6. Trish Pratt May 2, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Sheila was an absolutely amazing woman! We are all so blessed to have known her. She was so compassionate and caring, loved her family and friends. She will be truly missed. Fly high, beautiful Angel!

  7. Melinda Skipper May 2, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    As mentioned from many there are no words that I can say to make this better. The times that I have met Sheila while rounding in the hospital she always had a smile on her face, never had a bad thing to say about anyone and was one smart and hard working beautiful lady. May you all find peace and comfort. Sending healing prayers and love from afar.

  8. Kristina Garcia May 2, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Dear Ron and family,

    I remember meeting Sheila when I first worked on orthopedics just 10 years ago. It was Pleasure seeing her go from an LPN to an RN and seeing her work in the ED like she always dreamed! I am saddened and shocked by her passing. May she Rest In Peace and May the family be at peace as well

  9. Robert Thomas Je. May 2, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Sending you prayers and love to you and your family. She was always a bright light and bright smile in a difficult job. She will always be in our heart ❤️.

  10. Paul Stevenson May 3, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Knowing Shelia was both an honor and a privilege. Her compassion for her patients was limitless. She loved her family fiercely,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron and the whole family

  11. Diane mcfalls May 3, 2022 at 8:03 am

    Sheila was the epitome of what a nurse is supposed to be. She personally taught me so much when i first became a nurse in the ed 10 years ago. She was one of the most giving people i think i have ever met. Sheila, you will be so missed.😘

  12. AnnMarie Novak May 3, 2022 at 8:04 am

    There are no words at a time like this and it never truly makes sense. She was a beautiful person with a beautiful soul and every time I think of her I will smile. My heart goes out to her family, which she loved without limits. May you all find peace. Fly high, friend.

  13. Jill Baker May 3, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Sheila you were a strong, kind, and genuine person. I am lucky to have known you and experience your kindness. You were an amazing nurse, mother and wife. You will be dearly missed by many. Prayers to Ron, your children and the rest of your family. You leave behind great memories and I hope we all can honor you in keeping them close to our hearts and talk about them often. ♥️

  14. Diane Cox May 3, 2022 at 8:56 am

    You will be missed💔Such a kind, compassionate person. Prayers for Ron and family.

  15. Vicki Larsen May 3, 2022 at 9:23 am

    I will deeply miss you my friend… May the stars above keep shining for you ❤️

  16. Shay Watson-Ketron May 3, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Sheila made the world a better place. She gave love and kindness to every life she touched. She gave us faith in humanity when sometimes we would only see the worst. She had a work ethic like no other and only accepted the best for the ones she helped. She always put Ron and her children first and loved them more than life. She saved Ron and for the first time I saw him change into a Dad and husband. She was a true gift to all… even if it was only for a short time.
    Fly high sweet angel . 💖💗💖

  17. Joanne C. May 3, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Sheila, may your beautiful heart soar now!!

  18. Amanda Fountaine May 3, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Sheila was one of the kindest and hardworking nurses I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside. Her eyes always lit up when she talked about her kids to me. Sheila you will be missed dearly. I pray Ron and her kids can find peace with this and know she will be watching over them always.

  19. Allen Schelm May 3, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Praying for you, Ron, and the kids. Have missed working with you and Sheila. She was an exemplar of what we should be as providers.

  20. Jonathan Hart May 3, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Don’t know where to begin. Gutted is an understatement. I owe so much to her for helping mould me into the nurse I am now. The love she and Ron showed me over the years at my worst times will never be forgotten. Rest easy Sheila we have the watch from here.

  21. Margaret Caruso May 3, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Ron and family: I am so sorry at the loss of Sheila. I am truly saddened by her passing. I worked with her at Gulf Coast Hospital for quite a few years. She was a very caring person and awesome Nurse. Sending my prayers for comfort, love and light to her husband Ron and her children, grandchildren and parents. <3

  22. Gricelda Vazquez May 3, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Was an amazing women and caring nurse! I could not have survived nursing school without her! My thoughts and prayers to you and your family! Rest In Peace Sheila

  23. Josette Mangione May 3, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Sheila my heart breaks knowing this was far to soon for such a beautiful and compassionate soul to have been taken. I will miss our talks and your words of encouragement. The impact you have made in this world was one that did not go unnoticed and you are loved and respected by many. Rest easy my friend. Ron we have been through some tragedies over the years this one hits much much harder but when you are ready so are we. Xoxoxox

  24. Damecia Smith May 3, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Such in disbelief. Shelia was one of the best nurses I ever I worked with. She was filled with so much knowledge and compassion. I miss our talks and learning from her. We all miss you dearly. Watch over your beautiful family.

  25. Lesta Beller May 3, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Sheila was so amazing and caring. A truly incredible woman. I am deeply saddened.

  26. Kimberly Harris May 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Ron and family my heart goes out to you for the loss of a wonderful person. I am honored to have worked alongside her, it may have been some time but certain nurses stand out and she definitely did. Rest in peace lady of the light.

  27. Joey Capaldi May 3, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Sheila was an amazing person and nurse. My prayers go out to her family. She will be missed by so many. May God embrace you in heaven. God bless.

  28. Dianne O’Reilly May 3, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Sheila was one of the kindest, caring and compassionate people that I have ever met. She always had a kind word and knew the right thing to say to make a person feel special and cared for. I know how much she loved Ron and her children and I can only imagine how much you will miss her. I am so sorry for your incredible loss.

  29. Tara Miller May 4, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    My good friend Ron. I know there aren’t many words that will help you or your beautiful family during this difficult time. But you have a huge family that surrounds you in your time of need. Please lean on any one of us. Sheila was such a beautiful amazing soul and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Always smiling with her infectious smile. May your sweet Sheila rest in eternal peace 🙏🏻
    Love you always my long time friend and know I’m here.

  30. Rose Kaley May 4, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Ron ( and Sheila’s entire family). I am so very heartbroken to hear the news about Sheila. I worked with her from the time that she started at Gulf Coast Hospital- when it was a small group of medical workers that cared so much for each other and their patients. We were a family that was so close. I remember many of Sheila’s pregnancies and how happy she always was to be introducing another baby in to this world. She was such a hard worker with a huge heart. I watched her romance with Ron grow as we all could see the special something in both of their smiles when Ron transported patients up to the orthopedic floor where Sheila worked. Sheila moved to the ER when she was still an LPN, and continued her education to become an RN. It was not easy for her, but she never quit. Her value as a caring nurse more than made up for her struggle to pass her test. Some things cannot be measured by a test score. Sheila made a special mark in this world and I feel very lucky to have known her and called her a friend.
    Ron – and all of Sheila’s family- please know that I am praying for all of you every day. You have a special angel looking out for you from the other side. Hugs and blessings are being sent to all of you.

  31. Elaine Bissell May 4, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Sheila, you gave so much love and kindness to everyone you came in contact with. You were a caring compassionate nurse and left a legacy of love from all who knew you. Prayers to your loving family May they be Blessed with peace. Gently rest now.

  32. john 6w May 6, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    God bless she will be missed

  33. Kathy Watson May 6, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Truly saddened to hear of Sheila’s passing. The world will be dimmer without her light and grace. She was a rare soul with a smile and endless compassion for everyone who crossed her path.

    Her interactions with patients was something special. I loved to watch her work as she tirelessly and expertly cared for their needs. It was an honor to know her.

    My heart and prayers for comfort and peace go out to Ron, her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

  34. Amanda Gehling (FitzGerald) May 7, 2022 at 3:16 am

    I was fortunate enough to work in the Radiology Department of the ER at GCMC with Shelia and Ron. My heart is devastated to hear about Sheila’s passing. She was a beautiful, strong, independent , hilarious nurse and I am so grateful to have known her at all. She was amazing and I know she is missed by many. Thoughts and prayers with all family, friends, and coworkers. ♡

  35. Lauren Voltz May 10, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Sheila, I can’t express how much you will be missed. By your family, your friends, and the patient you helped. I could always count on you to have a smile on your face no matter the circumstance. You had a heart of gold and had taught me a lot about life. Ron, you are in my prayers my friend. Rip Sheila ❤️

  36. Jessie Snavely May 20, 2022 at 9:04 am

    When I first started in the ER I was trained by Sheila, I credit her friendly nature and attention to detail then as inspiring my practice even now. I am devastated with this loss, but her good nature has done it’s job and made us all better people for having known her. Rest easy my friend.

  37. Ryan Klosko May 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    Words can’t describe how loved Shelia was and still is. She was a distant relative of mine, but I have many great memories of her and Ron, and her kids. It is devastating to know that her life was cut short, but she will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. My condolences go out to her and her family. 💕

  38. Betty-Jean & Kraig Jun 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Ron & Family, Sending all our love, prayers, and hugs. Sheila was a shining beacon of kindness to all and will forever be missed by everyone who were blessed to have her in their lives.

  39. Valerie Mahone Jun 6, 2022 at 2:09 am

    To Ron and all family,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Sheila’s passing. She will be missed. I have many great memories with her. My heart goes out to each of you. This is a huge loss. Thinking and sending prayers your way.

  40. Julie Browne Jun 6, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I just have no words….a true friend who will be forever missed and loved. Strength to everyone who loved her.

    I hope there’s plenty of Gold Peak tea, Slim Jims, Rice Krispie treats, Malibu rum and an endless supply of Chic Fil A in heaven my friend.

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