Paulette Higgins Sheffield was born on September 13, 1959, in Gadsden, Alabama, to the late William and Mable Higgins. She would confess her life to Christ at an early age at Macedonia Baptist Church. Paulette was educated in the Gadsden City School System. It is during this time that she would meet her future husband, Fredrick Sheffield, and during their forty-five years together, they would have seven children. She worked in the poultry industry for over twenty years until her health no longer allowed her to do so. She enjoyed reading, cooking, attending her grandchildren’s events, and recently, internet shopping.
Paulette was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Janice, and Georgia Higgins; and one brother, Clarence Higgins.
She leaves to cherish their many memories of her: husband, Fredrick Douglas Sheffield; four daughters, Sharmaine Sheffield (Rodney Dobbins), Felicia Graham, and Brandy (Marcus) Thomas, all of Gadsden, Alabama, and Mary (Mark) Finley of Mobile, Alabama; three sons, Jermichael (Debbie) Sheffield, and David Sheffield (Cassandra Miles), both of Gadsden, Alabama, and Onree (Julia) McWilliams of Mobile, Alabama; one sister, Tracy Higgins of Gadsden, Alabama; four brothers, Tony Higgins, and Larry Baker, both of Gadsden, Alabama, Freddie (Myrtle) Baker of Martin, Tennessee, and Ivory Baker (Potenciana Mallory) of Papillion, Nebraska; two brothers-in-law, Larry (Jennifer) Sheffield, Sr., and Timothy Sheffield, both of Gadsden, Alabama; two sisters-in- law, Yolanda (Cecil) Ragland of Gadsden, Alabama, and Anitria Mitchell of Fayetteville, Georgia; one special honorary aunt, Mary Cooper of Gadsden, Alabama; one honorary daughter, First Lady Tiffany Bowman; twenty grandchildren, Anhia S., David D., Catherine D., Devonte G., DeVuan G., JaMirriyah G., Da’Jah G., Jayla S., JaMyrah S., DaiJah C., Tiana C., Myles F., MarKayla F., Joshua M., Arianna M., Brooklyn M., Christrian R., Kaiyah R., Jason W., and Malaysia S.; one great-grandchild, Journee W.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A patient of Davita Dialysis for over 22 years, she developed a number of relationships and special bonds with the staff, but her bond with a nurse named Jessyca Pledger was a dear one.
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