In Loving Memory
August 29, 1931 – April 19, 2016
Patt Vines Sheff, passed away , calmly and peacefully, Thursday, April 19th 2016 after an extended illness. She was born in Van Buren, Arkansas to Adolph and Ruth Crabtree. She attended Arkansas State Teacher’s College where she majored in theater. She met and married Jerry Vines who was stationed nearby while serving in the Army.
She is survived by her three children, Rick Vines, Scott Vines, Sherri Vines and her grandchildren, Tara Vines (John Bumgardner), Zach Vines and the delight of her life, her great-grandchild Nolan. She is pre-deceased by her brother Scott Crabtree. She is pre-deceased by Jerry Vines. His wife, Darlene Vines Rainwater (Jim), was always appreciated by Patt for her unending support of the family over many, many years.
She constantly reinvented herself throughout her career. She began working for Alverson Draughon Business College where she met her best friend for life, Betty Sue Wates. While living in New York City with her second husband, Burton Sheff, she worked for Revlon Cosmetics, a job which she continued upon returning to Birmingham. However, her most beloved profession began with Adventure Travel as an agent. She managed accounts that took her around the world.
Upon retiring, she moved to Homestead Village in Fairhope, Alabama which she loved. She enjoyed the constant activity and entertainment. The staff there was always attentive and caring.
Her last months were spent in the wonderful care of the nursing staff at Eastern Shore Rehab and Healthcare in Daphne. Though her time there had its difficult moments, those days were constantly brightened by Norma, Paula, Wanda, Chris, Billie, Tasha, her hospice care nurse, Melissa and her roommate Mrs. Harrelson and her son Charlie. The staff members were always encouraging and helpful to her family.
There is no traditional funeral planned. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to commemorate their friendship and respect for Patt are encouraged to make a donation to a charitable organization of their choice in her name. She was a generous, caring person and would love to continue to be helpful through the actions of her friends and loved ones. Expressions of condolence for the family may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.