Sheila Dressler Walker, 56 passed away on May 27, 2023 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
She was born to June Dressler Nulta Ainsworth and John T. Dressler "Butch" in Oxford, Mississippi. Sheila graduated from George County High School in Lucedale, Mississippi and attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Sheila worked for many years at Main Drug in Lucedale beside her dad, lovingly serving local friends and customers. She later began a new career at the Mississippi Department of Health. Her co-workers became her best friends/extended family, and she continued her enjoyment of serving the community. Sheila loved cooking and canning; she is well known among friends and family for making the best sweet pickles and the tastiest fig preserves (we will sorely miss these seasonal treats!). Sheila's heart was endless, and she was known for her tender love of animals. She took in many lucky strays throughout the years, giving them a comfortable home, and making them her family. Sheila enjoyed cheering for the Ole Miss Rebels each fall as she enthusiastically watched the games on TV; she also loved visiting Oxford and the Grove while staying at Aunt Rita and Uncle Rolland's "Rebel House". Another favorite activity of Sheila's was decorating; she enjoyed making sure her home and yard were beautifully prepared for each season and holiday. Sheila loved meeting new people, and she always made everyone feel comfortable and valued. But among all of Sheila's interests and loves, her main enjoyment came from spending time with family. She was truly the happiest when her large family was gathered together, enjoying a good meal. and spending time with each other. Sheila left us too early, and her beautiful smile, loving heart, and caring soul will certainly be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her father, John T. Dressler; maternal grandmother, Donnie Eubanks Ainsworth; maternal grandfather, Seren E Ainsworth Sr.; paternal grandmother, Margarette Dressler; paternal grandfather, John Dressler; aunt, Ann Pierce; and cousin, Kenny Pierce.
She is survived by her mother, June Dressler Nulta Ainsworth; her brother, Vince (Shannon) Dressler; her sisters, Samantha (Chris) Riser and Jessica Dressler; nephews, Hayden and Ethan Dressler, Rowan and John Ransom Riser; and her niece, Rosalie Riser. She is also survived by her aunts, Rita (Rolland) Holcomb and Lana Ainsworth Kelly; and her uncle, Seren (Angie) Ainsworth; many loved cousins; and two of her beloved pets, Ziggy the cat, and Caesar the dog.
We would like to thank the Ocean Springs Hospital - Singing River Health System family for their compassionate and wonderful care of Sheila.
In lieu of flowers, we're encouraging everyone to help change other's lives by giving blood on Sheila's behalf. Or please consider making a personal donation to the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 4400 Audubon Lane, Gautier, MS 39553.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 9, 2023 at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs. Friends may visit one hour prior.