Neva Mae Sharp Canfield - January 12, 2012
Neva Mae Sharp Canfield, was born March 5, 1923, in Enders, Neb., and passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 2, 2012, surrounded by her family.
She was baptized into the Brethren Church of Enders after choosing to accept Christ as a child.
Neva then spent her early years on the family farm with six brothers and sisters and attended Enders School and Chase County High School, where she excelled at playing the trombone.
She trained at Methodist Hospital Nursing School (1941-44) and thereafter began her nursing career at Imperial Hospital in Imperial.
She then served in the Army Nursing Corps at Camp Carson, Colo. (1945-46), obtaining the rank of Army 2nd Lieutenant. After leaving the service, she worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. (1947); and VA hospitals in Newington, Conn. (1947-53), and San Francisco, Calif. (1953-54).
In 1948, Neva met John Canfield, an Army 82nd Airborne paratrooper, while serving as his nurse in the Newington, VA hospital. She was a beautiful, tall girl who was called ‘the Queen’ by patients and staff alike due to her regal manner. John was immediately infatuated, and after winning her over, they married on Feb. 13, 1954, in San Francisco, Calif. Neva then retired from nursing to raise her family; and in 1958, they settled in Sacramento, Calif., where she has been an active member of her community.
She served as a den mother for Boy Scouts, an election precinct worker and as a member of both RPEA and CSEA. She was a hard-working volunteer for many other organizations, including Camp Fire Girls, Hospice, Right to Life, Pregnancy Hotline and Feed the Hungry.
Neva was an avid bowler and enjoyed sewing, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, painting and spending time with her family and friends.
Preceded in death by her sister, Geraldine; daughter, Diana; parents, May Flory and Claud Sharp; brothers, Leroy (Thelma), Kermit (Ella and Thelma), and Wayne (Lois) Sharp and their wives; and brother-in-law, Ward Chamberlain.
She is survived by her husband, John; two sons, Kevin and Michael, of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters, Veraldine Hansen of Sacramento, Calif. and Zella Chamberlain of Littleton, Colo.; many nieces and nephews; and numerous good friends.
She was beloved by all and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.