Mrs Sheila Hanlon

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“She was the gentlest of souls and a Saint.    There will never be anyone like her again.
“My Auntie Sheila was loving wife, mother, sister, much loved Grandma and Aunt.     She was the youngest sister of my late father, Jim.   Even though my parents emigrated to Canada in the early 50’s, the families remained very close and enjoyed requent holidays together. I have very fond memories of Sheila and Pat, Mark and young Jim visiting us and sitting in the backyard around the pool, trips to Niagara Falls, the Toronto Zoo, Toronto’s Sky Dome and CN tower to name a few.  Sheila loved visiting Canada but loved seeing our family.  So many great times and laughs.
“Sheila was the most thoughtful and caring person I know.  She never hesitated to put herself aside to help out of support someone else regardless of the time of day; family, complete strangers, friends.     She never stopped.  She was constantly on the go;  being the kindest and most supportive hostess,  running for errands, cooking, cleaning, running out for fish suppers, going to pick up wee-Mark to see the swans, or working at the Church (which she absolutely loved).
“You will be missed very much.  I carry your name with pride.   Please know you were very loved from all near and far.
“God Bless and Love.”

Sheila G

“I knew Sheila from the first time my family came to St Cuthbert’s, her family sat upstairs in the side gallery – there was a whole row of them. When we came to St Cuthbert’s after moving from Troon there was still ‘pew rent’ and the only pew available was at the front on the font side right under the side gallery.
“Sheila was a very committed church member from an early age and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years and latterly in the creche. She had been church officer from April 1990 until June 2019, almost 30 years. She took her duties very seriously and was always willing and available for any eventuality. She was a conscientious district elder also. She was also a very regular helper at the hospital volunteers, probably for over 30 years
“In her life Sheila faced many difficulties always with faith and fortitude. No one will ever know all she did for anyone she met, both in and outwith the church. She was well known by very many in the area and had a kind word for everyone. She always had a special bond with my family especially Gordon and latterly Rock. I counted her as one of my true friends who I will sadly miss. She will leave a large hole in her close family.”

Ann T

“We all liked Sheila and appreciated all her work for the church and her personal concern for others”

Liz B

“Sheila was just such a warmhearted, lovely person who was always ‘there’ for everyone. Nothing was ever a bother! If we needed into the hall on a Saturday morning or if we had things to do after the service and everyone had left after coffee, it was “there’s no rush, just take your time and do what you need to do”. Sheila’s been greatly missed since her mobility became a problem and she wasn’t as able to ‘carry out her church duties’ not only on Sundays, but during the week too.
“I’m sure Sheila will still be with us in so many ways and she certainly won’t be forgotten.”

Julie F

Sheila gave so much of herself to St Cuthbert’s and though I only knew Sheila for a few years I was always very impressed with her modest manner and professional persona.

David M

“Sheila was always pleased to see you, always asked after the family. She supported everything in the church. Opening up the buildings for every event. Setting up the hall for meetings, putting chairs out, glasses of water for the minister. Waiting silently on us all leaving so that she could lock up. Sheila almost always had her grandson Mark with her. St Cuthbert’s will not be the same without her. She loved us all. How lucky we were to have her.”

Angela B

“Sheila was totally dedicated to St Cuthbert’s and a loyal and supportive friend to many.  Nothing was ever too much bother for Sheila and her patience was infinite.
She stopped by at my house several times with young Mark usually on her way back from the ferry terminal where he enjoyed watching the boats and he just adored his gran and all the time she had for him . On these occasions she was always so uplifting and cheerful .
When my daughter , Fiona got married at St Cuthbert’s , Sheila was there and while photos were being taken at the doorway , she appeared with a very welcome cup of tea for me and my mum .  It was a lovely gesture and so appreciated.”

Anita G

“She was such a lovely person and even when she was ill earlier in the year she never failed to ask after Davy.”

Senga M

“So saddened to hear of Sheila’s passing . Such a kind, loving lady whom I have very fond memories of from my childhood and adult life in St Cuthbert’s. Sheila never passed without sharing a kind word and having a chat , always asking after me and the health of my family . Such a special lady, I will miss her . ♥️. Deepest sympathy to Sheila’s family at such a very difficult time. ♥️

Lesley C


Sunday School trip to Paisley in 1984
Sunday Group (Youth Group) 1987
Sunday Group dinner 1987
Bible Class Ramble (with burgers) 1988
Afternoon Club outing to Garrion Bridges Garden and Antiques Centre near Carluke
For many years Sheila met with some friends from the Church once a week for coffee and a chat at a popular coffee shop in town. On this occasion she just had to have cake and was not disappointed !!. Photograph taken in 2015.
Archie’s first birthday celebrations: March 2019
80th birthday: Shiela said she did not want a party, so as the girls from the prayer group met in Aventi for coffee each Tuesday morning, they made a small celebration for her


18 thoughts on “Mrs Sheila Hanlon”

  1. Having known Sheila for many years,on every occasion she was a loving and caring lady.
    Who would always be more concerned of others well-being, than her own.
    Sheila will be sadly missed with a big loss of friendship within the community.

  2. Sheila was a very special person who we feel so privileged to have known all our lives. Always kind caring and full of fun. Sheila will be sorely missed by us and many more. Love to the family.Hunter Ena& family💕🙏🌈

  3. On behalf of the family I would like to thank you all for the kind words and attending both the Cemetery and the Church Members who lined Campbell Avenue mum would have loved that it was a fitting tribute to a truly wonderful lady who always had time for everyone . It was an honour to have Sheila as my mum it didn’t matter where you went everyone knew her and always commented oh are you Sheila’s boy your mums lovely was always the answer . Even in her last couple of weeks in the house she would always tell me to go up the road and sit down and relax after we had attended to her dinner and made sure she was comfortable for the night . I take comfort in the fact she got to hear her beloved grandson talking away to her in her final days myself and dad could see the emotion on her face as young Mark rattled on to his gran via the phone held to her ear . They were both the St Cuthberts Tag Team spending so many hours up at the church Mark and his Hymn books and gran sorting everything out for each service / activity . I will end this by saying my heart is broken losing the woman who shaped my life and never judged me through the years and made me the person I am .Heaven has gained an angel who will be no doubt helping everyone as always Rip Mum love you forever Mark Snr

    1. Thank you Mark. Your words are very much appreciated and you are absolutely right in describing her as an angel. It was an honour to have stood in Campbell Avenue to applaud her.

    2. Mark ,
      Deepest sympathy to you all . Especially difficult for you all just now . ❤️
      Your mum was a very special lady and it was a privilege to know her , you know I’ve told you that before . Always greeted everyone with joy and kindness . It was lovely to see the photos here – brought back many happy memories of my time in the Sunday Youth Group . I will miss her ❤️X

  4. I have known Sheila since we were young ,she was so kind and thoughtful a pleasure to be around,she will be missed by many.

    Love Alison

  5. Sheila always asked after my sister and nephews Scott and Stuart who used to go to St Cuthbert’s. She never forgot them and was always interested in knowing what they were doing. She always thought of others.

  6. My mum Isabella Meyers, who regularly went to church on her own, told me what a lovely person Sheila Hanlon was. When I joined the church in the 1980s, indeed Sheila was the first to welcome me. Then on my return a few years ago after a long absence, she was the first to welcome me again. Its people like Sheila who uplift our lives and our hearts, and make us feel less alone.

  7. So sad to hear this news. Sheila was such a kind and cheerful lady. She was so supportive when times were tough. My dad Archie MacIntyre and her worked so hard in years passed supporting the youth of the church and they were always having a laugh with each other she will be sadly missed. Send our thoughts and prayers to the family x

  8. Sheila lived her Faith. Nothing was too much trouble. She loved people and everyone was her friend. I will miss her and her wee phone calls, “just to see how you are”. She bore her troubles quietly and worked until the end.
    “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.
    Evelyn S.

  9. Sheila was so welcoming when we first came to the church. She remembered specifics and had patience with everyone and always a ready smile. She appreciated people’s help and never begrudged it. A great miss

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