Eulogy given by Emma
Sheila was born in the
Old House, Mount Bures in August 1932, she started school
here in the village and then transferred to Wakes Colne
Sheila was part of the St Johns Church family since she
started Sunday school at the age of 4 in 1936.
Sheila was later confirmed continuing to grow as a Christian
showing even as a young girl her faith was a central part
of her life.
Sheila left school at 14
and was first employed at Takeleys in Mount Bures as a
nanny, She then worked for Hume the Greengrocers in Bures
for 5 years and then moved to Reeves bakery in Sudbury.
Sheila met John when she
12 and he was 10 when he lived at the Hall in Mount Bures.
They got married in 1958 and they moved into Catchlands
the family home.
As a couple they loved their country and western dancing,
travelling all over Suffolk to places like Cockfield,
Stanningfield and Coddenham only hanging their dancing
shoes up 10 years ago.
John and Sheila saw their
family grow with the addition of Simon their son who later
married Ruth and then grandchildren Amy, Lucy and Sophie
arrived and finally great grandson Oliver. You know how
important family was to Sheila as Catchlands is full of
lovely photos documenting their family occasions.
Catchlands was home to
Sheila for 62 Years and this is always where she felt
safe and happy a home filled with baking, fresh flowers
and garden produce.
Sheila has been at the
centre of the last 50 Flower Festivals, arranging, baking
and manning the stalls. ln doing so she played a big part
in keeping the Church funded and in good repair.
Sheila and John were also great supporters of other flower
festivals loving Coggeshall and Wormingford in particular
and travelling as far as Kings Lynn in Norfolk.
When l joined the congregation
here at Mount Bures, Sheila was a welcoming friend and
that hand of friendship was seen again when she encouraged
Sheryl and Keith to worship and get married at St Johns.
For many years Sheila sat
as a PCC committee member and supported John in his role
as fabric Churchwarden. She was a meticulous, reliable
member of the team always volunteering. Sheila participated
in many big decisions over the years and she was always
very honest with her opinions, you always knew when she
disagreed with something.
Sheila had her heart firmly planted in this her only village,
where she was born, went to school and met John.
Here in Mount Bures, where she worked and saw her own
family grow. She lived in the village all her life making
her the fountain of all Mount Bures knowledge and the
go to person for any information on how things were done.
Sheila was the last surviving person to have been born
in Mount Bures and lived here all her life.