Sheila Mary (nee Farrell)
September 24, 1931 – August 19, 2009
Widow of the late William (Bill) Richard Finney, Sheila passed away peacefully in the arms of her daughter, surrounded by her family at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. Sheila was predeceased by: her mother Hannah (Jones) and father John Farrell, brothers Michael, John and Peter and sister Gwendolyn. She is survived by her children: Richard (Brenda) Finney, Victoria (David) Willington and Karen Finney; grandchildren Matthew (Judy) and Michael Willington, Alison Spry, Jill and Kevin Finney, Alison and William Earl; great-grandchildren Richard, Isabelle, David, Reagyn and Ella and her sister Jean (Jim) Evans of Winnipeg and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews in Stoke-on-Trent England.
Bill and Sheila immigrated from Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent to Winnipeg in 1958 in order to give their children a better life, and what a life they had. Outgoing and gregarious, Sheila was the perfect foil for her more reserved husband and she made friends wherever they lived. Sheila’s priorities were children, husband and home, yet she was not your typical homemaker. A trained singer and dancer Sheila was frequently hired to sing her “party piece” ‘Ave Maria’ in Church. Mom was quite artistic having taken courses at the Wedgewood Institute of Art in Burslem. She was a talented interior designer, and was the first women hired to ‘dress’ the Hudson Bay’s fashion windows on Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. An astute business woman, she owned her own dress shop (Sea Side Boutique) for many years in Sidney, BC, and helped her husband and son in their respected businesses for many years. Mom’s favorite role other than Mother was Nanny. She cherished all of her children and grandchildren and great-grands and surrounded and protected them with the kind of love many families can only dream of.
Sheila is now in the arms of her beloved Bill.
Together Again Forever
As per Sheila’s wishes, friends are invited to attend a garden party in celebration of her life and spirit, Saturday August 29th from 1-4pm at 2049 Noel Ave. Comox