Wendy and Phill Watmough
The words are hard to find. Sheila was a shining light of her faith in action. I thank her for nurturing me at St Mary's, for her amazing kindness, for her beautiful smile and for her courage in raising money for charities by fearlessly abseiling from the top of high buildings! Her light is now glowing ever brighter in heaven. Blessings Wendy and Phill
: kerry lansfield
A truly beautiful human being, the world could do with more people like Sheila. Sadly missed but never to be forgotten. Heaven has reclaimed an angel.
Anne & Ash Kathuria
Sheila was a lovely lady. We will miss her kindness and her smiles.
Sending our heartfelt condolences to Gordon and all family members.
From: Barbara and Fred Padley
We were very saddened to hear of Sheila ‘s death, she will greatly be missed. She will be long remembered for her deep involvement in so many of the church’s activities. The abseil to raise funds for Christian Aid astounded many. As a reader she gave memorable Sunday sermons and was very active in supporting other services. It is poignant to recall the great sensitivity and devotion that she gave to the numerous funerals that she took. The lasting memory however is her very strong Christian belief.
Our condolences and best wishes to Gordon and family at this sad time.
It was a privilege to have been a colleague of Sheila’s from the time when I was curate at St Mary’s. I vividly remember our staff meetings at the vicarage with Sheila and Edie sitting on the sofa so that Sheila had a good view of the bird feeder and could alert us all to the presence of a woodpecker bringing the meeting to a temporary halt. Sheila and Edie helped me set up an after school club while I was curate and Sheila was a great support and encouragement in that work.
Recently I shared with Sheila a photo I had taken on the Camino of the path as it curved round a bend and out of sight. We both knew what was round that bend for Sheila and it was it was good to know that Sheila was totally prepared to meet with her Lord who she had so faithfully served. I know she will have been welcomed with a ‘Well done though good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.’ (Matthew 25.23 - my paraphrase).
I will miss seeing Sheila in her usual seat at St Mary’s but I am so grateful for our fellowship in the ministry of St Mary’s.
Sue & Michael Barker
A truly beautiful person inside and out.
She will be held in the memories of many for years to come.
The funeral service was a lovely, fitting celebration of her life.
Sincere condolences to Gordon & the rest of the family.
From: David and Jackie Gregg.
On our retirement from ministry in Cumbria in 2018, we were made very welcome at St. Mary’s, thanks largely to Sheila’s ministry here. As well as being one of the very first to greet us and make herself known, she was also chiefly responsible for actually getting
us to worship, through her careful and willing supervision of the car-lift scheme.
We were privileged to share, with Simon, in anointing Sheila and Gordon with oil and laying our hands upon them, with prayer, to strengthen them for the trials ahead. We are thankful to the LORD that He has now taken her peacefully to Himself, and we offer our sincere condolences to Gordon and to her family and friends, in the sure and certain hope that we will be re-united with her in the joy of our resurrection life in glory.
From: Richard and Dorothy Kirby
Sheila was a kind and caring lady who always saw the best in everyone. She will be greatly missed by all at St Mary’s.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gordon and all the family.
From: Pat Harradine
Sheila was a lovely lady, helpful and always ready with a smile, so lovely when my husband Died. Gordon and her family will have wonderful memories of her and my thoughts go out to them at this sad time
We will all miss her and everyone at St Mary’s will too. God bless her
From: BeverleyAnn Rodè
Rest in eternal peace Mrs Berry you were a beautiful teacher xx
From: Brenda Keech
Goodbye Sheila you will be greatly missed.
From: Susan Lane
So sorry for your loss.
Sheila was a wonderful friend, full of kindness and encouragement.
Her faith shone out and she was an inspiration to me.
I will miss her dearly. Rest in peace.
From: Emma Batten
Rest in peace Sheila. It was lovely knowing and having an amazing friend like you. Rest in peace and my deepest sympathy to Gordon and family. Lots of love Emma and family
From: Stella Good
Rest in Peace.
Thank you for the welcome you gave my husband and I when I first brought him to St Mary’s after he became a Christian.
From: Nesta Gedrych
Sheila was such an important part of life at St Mary’s Church. She always had a smile on her face, a wicked sense of humour and was kind to everyone she met. I remember her sermons with fondness, particularly one she gave at one of the first Midnight Masses I attended at St Mary’s. Thank you also for coordinating the lifts to and from church- we spent a fair chunk of time on the phone or via Facebook messenger when you asked me to help with taking people to and from church. I’ve no doubt that you will be looking down at us from above as we attend various church services.
Rest in peace Sheila! My deepest condolences to Gordon and family.
Hazel, Marino, Marzio & Carla. ️ (Prigmore/Barberio Family)
Our family first met Sheila nearly 27 years ago when we went to the Tiny Tots group at St Mary’s Church. First with my son, Marzio, then Carla joined us. They then went to Sunday School followed by another group as they got a bit older. Sheila was always friendly, welcoming, happy & interested. Feeling part of a family at St Mary’s, they continued until teenage years. In recent years our children have moved away but whenever we returned Sheila was there, still happy, friendly, interested & welcoming.
Even when she received her diagnosis, she was more concerned about how Gordon would manage. Always putting her care of others before herself.
Sheila will be sorely missed.
We send our love & heartfelt condolences to Sheila’s family.
Love from Hazel, Marino, Marzio & Carla. XX️ (Prigmore/Barberio Family)
Goodbye Sheila. We were associated in church for a good many years. I remember when I joined you as churchwarden in 1990 we discussed the division of duties. Your comment was "I`ll do the praying and you can do the practical stuff".
I will never forget that.
God bless. From John Sheffield
From: BeverleyAnn Rodè
Rest in eternal peace Mrs Berry you were a beautiful teacher xx
From: Claire Towell
Mrs Berry was my teacher at Goldington Green in 1983. Always had words of wit, wisdom, and a story to tell. Later in 1998 I worked with her at the same school in my first placement training to be a nursery nurse, it was lovely to see her again.
Condolences to all the family, no doubt you have very happy memories x
From: Jean Wright
So sad to hear about Sheila a very good friend. My thoughts and prayers to Gordon, Alison and family. She was a lovely lady who had such a kind heart and will be sadly missed.
From: Elizabeth Bonham
Very sad to no longer have Sheila with us.
I will miss her gentleness and certainty.
She will be remembered by the many children she taught
at Goldington Green school which was an important part of her ministry.
She brought much comfort in her church ministry as a Reader.
My memory of Sheila will be the image of her preaching on a Trinity Sunday and using the family christening robe as an illustration.
I can't remember what point she was making but the picture is imprinted in my mind!
God's blessings be with all the family and may you gain strength from each other.
From: Jeff Havey
My sincere condolences and love to you Gordon and your family.
Sheila was a great friend and fellow Reader in the love of Christ our Saviour and Redeemer.
You were both so kind to me on the loss of my Dad Albert Harvey eight years ago.
Rest assured Sheila is resting in peace and WILL rise in Glory!
Although I live in Portsmouth it is always a pleasure to come to Goldington on my visits to Bedford, and it was great to meet up with you both on the Isle of Wight (a short trip across the Solent for me) on your holiday there a few years ago.
Gordon, you and all your family are in my prayers.
May God bless you all,
From: Ana Veillet
Sheila: God have you in his glory, our condolences to Gordon and family, you will always be in our hearts, thanks for being there when we most needed it with your prayers and approaching the most holy with holy communion in our home. Rest in peace in the glory of the all powerful. amen. Ana and Cayetano.
From: Lesley Waller
To Gordon and family,
I didn't know Sheila well, but I am saddened that we will never get to play our flutes together again at a Taizé service. She was a lovely, warm and welcoming lady.
May you find comfort at this sad time.
From: Christopher and Gail Hjelt
Sheila, rest in peace in God's care.
From: Jane Davey
My deepest sympathy to Gordon and all the family on the loss of Sheila - a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Here at St Mary’s we were so blessed to have such a shining example of faith, service and love which Sheila gave for so many years.
From: Christine and Michael Hunt.
At the age of 78 Sheila went abseiling from the top of the Senate House Library in London. While admitting that abseiling is not everyone's cup of tea, Sheila said, there's no excuse for giving up on adventure because you are 70, so let's make the most of our lives and live them to the full while we have the chance.
Sheila's positivity was an inspiration to us all, and with her kindness, wisdom and good humour she continues to be so to us,
From: Deborah Richardson
To Gordon and family,
Love knows no boundaries - even those dividing Heaven and Earth.
At this time of loss - remember your hearts are still connected through our Lord.
May you find comfort in wonderful memories to cherish always;
Strength in fellowship from those who share your loss;
And peace in the knowledge Sheila is with the Lord in life eternal.
From: Jo' Derek & Family
Sending our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your lovely wife Sheila.
We have all lost a very good friend and will always remember her kindness and support whenever it was needed.
From: Nick and Sue Fowler
Sheila was a kind and caring person. We will remember her for her friendly, happy and generous spirit. May you rest in peace.
From Sacha Tomkins
Since we moved away in 2011 I've thought of you so often. I'm glad we were able to keep in touch via Facebook, especially to see your exploits involving leaping off tall buildings for the greater good!
Thanks so much for the many years of Wednesday and Friday afternoons we spent surrounded by tiny children! That gentle relationship we had did me so much good, not least that consistency of bringing God into mine and my children's lives. You were such a constant through the years, and I'm so aware that at the time I was doing a great deal of the taking, and you were doing a great deal of the giving in our friendship! I had issues! But your example of quiet, gentle devotion to God rubbed off on me over the years...I don't think I'd be in ministry now if it hadn't been for your warm approach.
I'm so glad you managed to be involved in so many things over the years, even if I only met you in the last 1/4 of your life! And it's wonderful to know that so many people had the privilege of knowing you. I'm excited that you are now celebrating in heaven - I have wildly inaccurate visions of how that must be! ..I'm sure that whatever my imagination brings forth, it's going to be way, way more wonderful than that. And it's no less than you deserve...faithful servant, loving mother, all-round delightful human being.
Much love and thankfulness as we say our final goodbye. God bless you dear Sheila xxx
From: Jean and Russell Bloom
Sheila we will miss seeing you in church every Sunday morning an inspiration to us all. Always a good and faithful Christian forever willing to help out whenever it was needed. You are now at peace with the God you loved and served
From: Joy Prudden
Shiela was a lovely lady, supportive of so many. She will be so much missed.
From: Cathy Sanderson
Sheila's faith shone out through her life and ministry. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she had a really active prayer life which yielded results. Sheila leaves behind a legacy of faith and work at St Mary's.
She was a tremendous help in the discernment, training and delivery of my ministry.
It has been hard accepting that I would not get to say goodbye to Sheila but we have had several nice phone calls since lockdown. Sheila accepted her diagnosis with the same courage, fortitude and faith that she approached her life with.
My thoughts and prayers are with Gordon and the family. I feel proud to have known her for 15 years.
From: Valerie (Percival)
Remembering Sheila with great fondness and affection for the wonderful lady and friend to all that she was.
From: Chris Jones
Memories of a lovely lady full of kindness and compassion and always with a sense of fun. I am honoured to have known her. Chris Jones
From: Sue Lennon
My prayers are with Gordon and all the family. What a wonderful person Sheila was. She gave so much, not just to the church, but in her care for individuals. We'll miss her so much, and she'll be long-remembered. May God bring all of you in the family solace.
From: pat Snow
I cannot express how hard the loss of dear Sheila as hit me. She has been my "go to person" since the 70s when I came to St Mary's. Rest in peace my dear friend. Pat Snow.
From: Michael, Mary and Daniel Everitt.
The attached card has been up in our kitchen for well over 20 years. Hope you can read it. Sheila was one of the first welcoming faces when we can came to St. Marys over 40 years ago. She sent me the card after a request for a prayer she had used. There are so many memories and stories that could be shared but this prayer sums it up.
It may not be clear enough to be read but thought you would like to see the original.
The prayer is
Lord, give us the grace to accept everything as an opportunity of growing closer to you: may we know that we need the hardening of frost and tbe streaming rain as well as the comfortable sun, if we are to grow to maturity,; may every cross we carry be itself a sign of resurrection, and may the blessedness of the Kingdom be ours in those experiences that we find hard to accept.