Sheeba Ouseph Paranilam, was born on March 17, 1971 in Chalakudy, Kerala, India to the late Ouseph Thekkiniath, and Sossa (Chuliadan) Ouseph. She was married to her devout husband, Jose Paranilam for 25 years. Sheeba departed this earth on December 13, 2020. She is survived by her husband Jose, and two sons Alex, and Robin, and her mother Sossa.
In her early years, Sheeba was an extraordinary student. Throughout all of her primary and secondary education, she was top of her class. In addition to her academic excellence, she participated in speech and dance competitions, developing into a stellar, well-rounded individual. She was a role model and inspiration to all around her, having held many leadership roles within her schooling and always striving to try new things. Supplementing her education, she continued to develop in her faith, studying the Catechism and going to Sunday School. After completing her secondary education, Sheeba went on to complete her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at Calicut University in 1992. Then in the summer of 1995, she married her husband Jose Paranilam.
After their marriage, Sheeba immigrated to the United States where she initially lived with the Paranilam family in one house in Baltimore, Maryland. In this new country, she loved occupying her time with plenty of dancing, fishing, growing vegetables, playing with nieces and nephews, and spending time with family and friends. Sheeba also enjoyed performing cultural dances at various Kairali programs. She was known to be an active member in her new local community as well.
While in the United States, Sheeba went on to further her education. She obtained a Master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Georgetown University in 2005. Sheeba then continued on to earn a PhD in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2013. Soon after completing her doctoral studies, Sheeba acquired a M.B.A from Madurai Kamaraj University in 2014. She also obtained a Maryland real estate license in 2018. Sheeba always had a love for learning and education, recently she even went on to study towards a degree in theology.
Sheeba worked as a registered nurse at various hospitals in the Baltimore area before joining the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center team in 2007, where she became the Chief Nurse Anesthetist in 2014. Sheeba loved her job and enjoyed providing excellent care to the veteran patients at the VA. She was also involved in various organizations, whether it be cultural (Kairali), professional (IANAM, MANA, Hopkins School of Nursing) or religious (CCD, 4Life, Women’s Forum, Parish Council). Her loving heart, humble mindset, and infectious personality made her a beacon of guidance for all in the community.
Although she received many awards and accomplishments, the one she took most pride in was raising her two sons Alex and Robin. In addition to pursuing higher education and working full time, she was devoted in taking care of her sons as well as her parents and in-laws. Sheeba knew the significance of keeping family close, and she exemplified this throughout her life. She was happiest when spending time with her family, and she emphasized the importance of education and faith. Sheeba was described by many relatives, as the one who bridged the gap between the two generations of her family. She was known to be the one that explained the history and traditions of Kerala, to the younger people of the family. Sheeba always encouraged her kids to try new things, to do their best, and keep God close. Furthermore, she was a role model to all within her family. Sheeba welcomed anyone into her home and enjoyed spending time with others. She had a charismatic and friendly nature, being kind to anyone and everyone she met.
Sheeba passed away peacefully in her home after a battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family and friends, as per her wishes. A true kind soul, Sheeba will be missed by everyone. However, she will forever be in our hearts.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the locally-owned Loudon Park Funeral Home, Inc. www.loudonparkfuneralhome.com
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Sheeba Ouseph (Thekkiniath) Paranilam, please visit our floral store.