Sheila A. Hackworth, 44, of Rushville, passed away at 2:40 PM, Monday, September 17, 2018, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
She was born on December 3, 1973, in Jacksonville, Illinois, the daughter of John C. and Linda (Schoon) Smith. She married Danny Hackworth on September 6, 1997, in White Hall, Illinois and he survives.
Also surviving are two children Ryan Hackworth and Rachel Hackworth both of Rushville, her mother and stepfather, who helped raise her Linda and Fred Gillis of White Hall, one sister Shelly Langeland and husband Kevin of Rushville, one brother Shaan Smith and wife Lori of Woodson, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.
A 1992 graduate of North Greene High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University. She graduated Summa cum Laude in 2017, with a Master’s Degree from Capella University in Early Childhood Education.
She first taught at St. Mary’s School in Mt. Sterling and later as a substitute teacher for the Rushville School District. She along with her sister-in-law Penny Hackworth began Happy Beginnings Childcare and provided child care for many years.
Sheila was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Rushville. She and her husband were Boy Scout and Girl Scout Leaders. She volunteered at Camp Courage in Jacksonville.
She loved music, enjoyed singing and playing the piano. She also enjoyed baking and cooking. She was known for her lasagna, peach cake and peanut butter cake recipes. Holidays were always a special time for her. She was an adventurous person, who loved to try new things. An animal lover at heart, she loved her pets. She was most devoted to her family and taking care of them.
Services will be at 11:00 AM, Monday, September 24, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, September 23, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to her children’s college education fund.