Sheila Smith Foley

Sheila Smith Foley, born August 27, 1970, passed peacefully from this life at home on Sunday, February 09, 2020 following a courageous battle against cancer.


Those left to cherish Sheila’s memory are her husband, John H. Foley of Madisonville, LA; daughters, Rachael S. Foley (fiancé Eric Donnally) of Nashville, TN and Rebecca L. Foley of Lafayette, LA; mother, Opal Holaway of DeRidder, LA; sister, Amanda Smith of DeRidder, LA; step-sister, Crystal Whitaker of DeRidder, LA; step-brothers David Wiegand of Bradford, TX and Anthony Whitaker of DeRidder, LA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.


Sheila was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Ray Smith (Linda Smith of DeRidder, LA) and step-father, Kenneth Holaway.


Sheila graduated from DeRidder High School in 1988 with honors and was in the top 5% of graduating seniors. She was in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spanish & French Clubs, and in the Juniorettes.  Upon graduation, she moved to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. While there she pledged Phi Mu Sorority and majored in International Trade & Finance, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1992.

Sheila was an IT project manager for many years before getting into gaming sales. Her colleagues and customers knew Sheila to be very professional, knowledgeable and dependable; always conducting herself with the highest level of integrity.


In her younger days she loved going swimming, playing softball and riding her “Big Red” 3-wheeler at her dad’s camp in Texas. All through life Sheila loved to dance, fishing of any kind, travelling the world and being at the beach!


Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Myers Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder, LA. Funeral service will be Friday, February 14th, 2020 starting at 2:00 PM, also at Myers Colonial Funeral Home. Brother George Lee Glass will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Brian Broocks, Charles Blencke, Nelson Robles, David Wiegand, Anthony Whitaker, Todd Ulmer. A Celebration of Life will follow the ceremony in Lake Charles, LA details provided after service. Services are under the direction of Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder, LA.

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