|Sheila Marlin O'Neill|
Father Richard officiated at the Mass and the Committal at the Crematorium.
|Fr Richard Says Mass at St Saviour's.|
She lived nearby at High Elms Manor.
She founded and was Principal of the High Elms Manor Montessori School.
When she was considering buying the run-down manor, anyone with any familiarity with property management had the same negative reaction (the roof had long been leaking in many places, for example).
Sheila persisted, rounded up support from several reluctant sources including family, and bought it. Over the next two decades she has transformed it and left an astonishing legacy for the community.
|Fr Richard prays for the soul of Sheila O'Neill. Photos by JT Marlin.|
|Fr Richard closes inside and outer curtains at|
the Crematorium. Goodbye Sheila, and to 72
years of there being six living Marlin children.
The transition was prompted by, and the subject of, episodes of a television series, "Country House Rescue," produced by Ruth Watson.
Despite the fact that Sheila had spent more on repairing and renovating High Elms Manor than she spent on purchasing it, Watson's advice was to spend even more, and she and her daughters did just that. The result is a gem of a school and community center.
|Alan Jones and his wife (L) and Brigid (R).|
|Randal (back to camera), Cliff and Lis.|
The first reading was the second letter of St Paul to Timothy 4:6-8, followed by the favorite hymn, "The Lord's My Shepherd" and a reading from John's Gospel, 14:1-6.
|L to R: Marnie (Roisin's eldest child) |
and Phoenix (Catrine's older child).
Catrine is in back between them.
The Offertory hymn was "Jerusalem" and the recessional hymn was "This Little Light of Mine."
At the church Sheila's daughters – Roisin, Catrine, Liadain and Ailise – each read out a eulogy and at the Crematorium they read poems.
|L to R: Zodiac Willoughby-O’Neill,Cian Hilton-O'Neill, Fin Hilton-O’Neill, Oscar Blanchard-O’Neill, Max Northcott. Back to camera: Brigid Marlin. Photo by JT Marlin.|
|Vojislav Mihailovic (friend of Sheila's|
late husband Shane) and Chris Oakley.
|Elaine (Randal's wife) and John.|
Four of Sheila's five siblings were able to attend the funeral – Brigid, Randal (from Ottawa), John (from New York) and Lis. Olga, the eldest, was not able to travel from Kenya.
Sheila had many talents, more than she could fully utilize.
|Three of the many pupils at the funeral|
from the High Elms Montessori School.
Look to the Stars
In letting go,
I have set myself free.
I ask, want for, nothing
You no longer hold me.
It's over, I'm content
Knowing you still breathe the air,
Enriching the universe
By just being there.
Stay soft and with compassion, remember me
Vulnerable, I carry the scars
Of earth, as pain and longing linger.
So – I will look to the stars!
And live on in the heavens
Where joy triumphs and reigns
With a love as pure as the angels.
There I will find you again.
|Sheila's third book,|
about Jacob the Goose.
Many of those who attended remembered me from the previous funeral at High Elms Manor, for my mother Hilda van Stockum.
Alex Mihailovic and Judy Vickery, at
the reception at High Elms Manor.
Among those was Judy Vickrey, who was a regular participant in the Friday noontime Writers Group that gathered in the HvS home.
|L to R: Janet and brother Jonathan|
News Stories: Sheila's Retirement . Sheila's Death.
Other Posts: Sheila Marlin O'Neill, R.I.P.
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|High Elms Manor|
|High Elms Montessori School|
|Jacob the Famous Goose|
|Marlin, Elaine O’Brien|
|Marlin, John Tepper|
|O’Neill, Sheila Marlin|
|St Saviour’s Church|
|van Stockum, Hilda|