Obituary of Sheila Davies
Sheila M. Davies of Woburn passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at the age of 57 following a 7 year battle with cancer.
Sheila was born in Brighton to Henry W. (Harry) and Eleanor T. (O’Sullivan) Davies. She was raised and educated in Arlington and was a 1983 graduate of Arlington Catholic High School. She furthered her education by earning her degree in Marketing from Massasoit College.
Growing up, Sheila started working at the age of 11 often working 2 jobs at a time. She loved to work and had a variety of jobs such as store clerk, waitress and aerobics instructor. There was no job too big or too small for her to take on, she loved a challenge and had a hard work ethic. What she loved most was her job as the first female bartender at the Cafe Escadrille in Burlington where both her co-workers and customers were more like family and she made special friendships that she still has to this day. She then ventured onto having over a 25 year career as a flight attendant for American Airlines. To Sheila this was not just a job, it was an adventure, as she loved to travel and this gave her the opportunity to travel the world. It also gave her the opportunity to share these travels with family, most of all her mother Eleanor who she cherished dearly. They would often just hop on a plane for a day in New York or take dream vacations to Ireland, Italy and Spain just to name a few.
Her greatest joy was her family who she loved dearly, especially her 10 nieces and 1 nephew, whom she loved and treated as if they were her own. Growing up she would often take them to lunch, the Topsfield Fair and parades, if there was something fun going on she didn’t want them to miss out. In her travels if she saw something she thought they would like she picked it up to give them for Christmas. She did this for others as well as she was very thoughtful and generous.
She took pride in her home, often doing her own landscaping and projects around the house, never wanting to accept help as she was fiercely independent.
Sheila had a deep rooted faith that helped her through the biggest challenge in her life and that faith brought her light in the darkest of times. Her belief in the power of prayer and attending healing masses gave her the strength that she wanted to care for her mother, her best friend, although she herself was sick. Taking care of her mother kept her going and she believed God gave her the extra time on earth to do so until she passed only months ago.
Sheila will be remembered for her sense of humor, kindness, generosity, determination and independence. Most of all she will be remembered for her big heart and her selflessness, she always put others needs before her own and that will never be forgotten or unappreciated.
Sheila was the beloved daughter to the late Harry and Eleanor Davies. She was the cherished sister of Maureen Grammer and her husband Eddie of Woburn, Kathleen Smith and her husband Greg of Burlington and the late Patricia Davies. She was the cherished Aunt of Patricia Waldron, Shannon Lynch, Siobhan Sylvain, Devin Lynch, Fallon Tuminelli, Bridget Lynch, Seadna Lynch, Sinead Lynch, Matthew Smith, Meghan Smith and Makenna Smith. She was also the dear Great-Aunt to 5 grand-nieces and 1 grand-nephew. She is also survived by many friends whom she loved dearly.
A visitation for Sheila will be held on Thursday, July 13, from 4 to 7 PM at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St, Burlington, MA 01803. Funeral Services will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 on Friday, July 14 at 10 AM. Service-goers are invited to meet at the funeral home at 9 AM to gather. Services will conclude with a burial at Cambridge Cemetery, 89 Coolidge Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050