died peacefully at home at the age of seventy after a short illness. She
transferred to the Girls’ High School from the Central School in 1954 and
went on to study at Elizabeth Gaskell College in Manchester before starting
a career as a domestic science teacher in York. She married and moved back
to Scarborough shortly before the birth of the first of three children
in 1964. The family was always an important part of her life, she was proud
of their achievements and with the arrival of the next generation she became
"Grandma Sheila" to six adored grandchildren. She was a fabulous cook and
a very patient teacher, locally she worked at Graham and Hunmanby Hall
Schools and gave cookery classes in various schools and community centres,
teaching the basics to a range of people. Sheila was always busy in her
own kitchen and her house was regularly filled with the smell of cooking.
She used her skills to bake for cake stalls at fund raising events (her
contributions were often sought out by her own children as they were the
best on offer). "Grandma Sheila’s" preserves were another source of income
for many charities; each year she collected surplus fruit from friends,
cycled out to "pick your own" farms or went out into the country gathering
brambles before setting to work producing copious amounts of jam, chutney
and marmalade. Sheila was always very generous in her support for others
less fortunate than herself and freely gave both time and money to help
those in need.
A committed Christian whose faith was of vital importance to her, Sheila
was baptised as an adult at Albermarle Baptist Church where she ran the
parents and toddlers group and helped to set up Network, an organisation
which worked with the homeless. Later at Emmanuel St. John’s she played
an enormous part in the life of the church; as one of a team of Worship
Conveners she helped to organise services and took part in worship. Sheila
represented the church on Churches Together in Scarborough and on the Women’s
Day of Prayer committee, she was actively involved in many church groups,
took her turn on the cleaning rota and helped at coffee mornings. In the
words of the minister "she was just part of everything – always willing
to be involved and always supportive of everything that was happening"
Sheila took great pleasure in being a member of the Celebration Choir,
a Christian choir formed to sing at services and concerts. The group performed
some of her favourite pieces, sang the blessing and led a large congregation
in the hymn singing at the service to celebrate her life at Emmanuel St.
John’s Church on May 13th 2011.
Sheila was always friendly, unfailingly gracious, caring and kind. She
never thought about herself but was always there for other people, always
willing to help and she will be greatly missed by all her family and many