Local historian Sheila dies aged 89

PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 August 2014

Sheila Anderson

Sheila Anderson

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A WELL-KNOWN Weston woman, who was revered for her research into family history, has died.

Sheila Anderson, who died aged 89, was heavily involved in local history and played a key role in the Friends Of The Museum, Weston Archaeological Society and the Family History Society.

She was an enthusiastic gardener and the flowers on her coffin came, as much as possible, from her garden.

Sheila was also a keen and competitive dinghy sailor and was involved in local amateur theatre.

She was born in Kent but lived in Malta when she was young as her father was a naval dentist.

When she left school she became a telephonist and worked during the war, which was when she met her husband Gordon.

They married when the war ended in 1945 and had son Ian, before Sheila went on to various jobs including working for the RNLI at Birnbeck Pier.

After Gordon died a few years ago she found music again and began listening to André Rieu. She went to see him in concert last year in Maastricht at the age of 88, by plane and train.

Sheila’s good friend Cathy Hollindrake, who lived next door for 37 years, said she will miss her ‘wry sense of humour and sage advice’.

She said: “She was such a friend and will be so missed.”

Sheila was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma about 10 years ago and suffered from diabetes, so the end of her life was spent in Clarence Park Nursing Home.

She left behind her granddaughter Cathia as well as son Ian.

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