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Sheila Margaret Cowlin (nee Newman)
1932 - 2020

The interment service was held at the:

Parish Church of St John the Baptist
Mount Bures
Monday 24th August

Sheila was the last remaining member of the Newman family living in the village ( from circa 1700)
and the last remaining parishioner who was born and lived all her life in the village.



John and Sheila celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary.


Eulogy given by Emma Barr:

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 School.
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.

Photographs of the Funeral Service and the Flowers inside the Church


Alan Beales
Material kindly supplied by
John Cowlin
Emma Barr