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Sheila M. Gilmour

Date of Death: March 5, 2017

Date of Birth: August 27, 1925


BRUNSWICK - Sheila Mary Williams was born in London, England on August 27, 1925, the daughter of Frank Garfield Williams and Sara Myfanwy Nicholson. Her childhood was spent in the London suburbs, Llandaff in Wales, and Manchester, where her father was Dean of Manchester Cathedral. She was a student at Sherborne School for Girls, after which she was conscripted into factory work to support the war effort in World War II. After the war, she attended Manchester University where she graduated with a degree in English Literature.

She was married to Frederick C. Wall in December, 1948 and came to America with him in January, 1949. They settled in Syracuse, N.Y., where they raised a family of four children. As her children got older, she returned to school to study for a Masters in Early Childhood Education. While there she was the graduate assistant of one of the early researchers of Head Start. She became a faculty member at Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, N.Y), where she directed an Early Childhood program and a demonstration Nursery School.

When she left Cazenovia, she did field training for Head Start aides in Western, N.Y. on an Appalachian grant linked to Corning Community College (Corning, N.Y.) When the grant expired, she was added to the Corning Community College Human Services faculty, where she taught for several years. She moved to Alfred, N. Y. in 1974, where her second husband, John C. Gilmour, was a faculty member at Alfred University. While there she took several evening courses in counseling at Alfred University, and she began a new career as a clinical counselor for Allegany County Mental Health, where she specialized in the problems of women and children. She retired from that position in 1984. In 1991 she and her husband relocated to Hammondsport, N.Y. high above Keuka Lake. After John retired from Alfred University in 2000, they moved to Newcastle, Maine and then to Brunswick in 2011.

Sheila died peacefully in her sleep on March 5, 2017 with her husband of forty-one years at her side. During the last fifteen months of her life she was given loving care in her home by her family and by Community Health and Nursing Services (CHANS). She is survived by her husband, John, her children William Wall of Gainesville, Florida, Sara Bollinger and her husband Christopher of Fayetteville, N.Y., Mary Wall and her husband Marc Shankman of High Fall, N.Y., Stepson Andrew Doud and his wife Monica and their sons Jonah and Samuel Doud of Granville, Ohio and son-in-law Terry Harrington and his wife Jan of Prattsburg, N.Y., four grandchildren (Kelley Wall of Pompey , N.Y. , Jeremy Wall of San Francisco, CA, and Alex and Matthew Harrington of Eugene, Oregon). She was predeceased by her daughter, Barbara Harrington, her brother Paul Hodder-Williams and her sister Barbara Myfanwy Hollaender.

The family offers warm thanks to all the professionals at CHANS for their kind and competent support.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Pleasant Street in Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions in her name to CHANS Hospice Volunteer Program, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011 or to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, 27 Atlantic Hwy., PO Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556


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