- Deceased's name: Sheila (Wells) Edmonds
- Age: 73
- Date: May 2, 2012
Sheila (Wells) Edmonds, 73 years old, passed away on May 2nd, joining her beloved husband of 56 years, Richard Edmonds, who died last year. As all those who knew and loved Sheila, or Nana, as she was known to her 13 grandchildren, Heaven will be a much livelier place from now on. Born in Woburn to the late Joseph and Mary (Burke) Wells, Sheila joined her older brother, Joey, in causing mayhem on Cleveland Avenue, where they grew up. Most often referred to by her mother as "That One," Sheila showed an early gift for cheerfully disrupting the peace around her that included cutting holes in the toes of socks, being chased down the street by exasperated young aunts who lived with the family, and later taking her brother's car and hiding it from him.High-school sweethearts, Sheila and Dick resided in Woburn, raising five children who matched their mother in their ability to find trouble. Working at the old Choate Hospital as a switchboard operator and later at Lahey Clinic, Sheila was able to meet her children at the ER after various accidents. Always up for fun, the Edmonds family were constantly on the move. Skiing, camping and competing in horse shows were ongoing life experiences. Sheila was always happy to be with her kids, nieces, nephews or any kids at hand. Later, when she became "Nana," trips to Disney World became a favorite yearly activity! With her red high top sneakers and plates of her special chocolate chip cookies, Sheila would often say, "Leave the parents at home and just send the kids!" and the fun would begin.Sheila was well-known for her sensitivity and extreme generosity. Doing everything from buying ice cream for a family who could not afford that small treat or opening her home to teenagers in need of a place to stay, a car ride with Sheila often meant a side trip to a store to pick up gifts or necessities for others. Family and friends, as well as many strangers, were the recipients of countless acts of kindness, including more than one occasion when passersby were inadvertently brought to family parties with Sheila ensuring that everyone was having a good time. In 1974, Sheila was recognized with the Christifideles Award, the highest honor the Catholic Church can bestow upon a lay person, for her work with youth at St. Charles Church. At all times through the years, there was Dickie supporting Sheila in all she did. Sheila and Dick were the kind of couple that you couldn't think of one without the other. Sheila and Dick could often be found sitting together in the room they added on to their home or on the porch overlooking Dick's garden and fish pond.Sheila is lovingly survived by her children, Richard and Eileen Edmonds, Daniel and Pam Edmonds, Patricia and Randy Brownrigg, Michael and Renée Edmonds, and David and Margaret Edmonds, grandchildren William, Kevin, and Sean Edmonds, Daniel, Kayla and Melissa Edmonds, Matthew, Christopher and Samantha Brownrigg, Krystle Marie, Brian, Kyle and Amber Edmonds and her great granddaughter, Gabriella Elizabeth Edmonds, born shortly after Sheila's death, and siblings Joseph and Jacquelyn Wells, Eileen and Edmund Sapienza, Michael and Marcia Wells and Judy and Phillip Callanan, many nieces and nephews and lots of friends.Calling hours will be held for Sheila on Sunday, May 6th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 7th in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10, where a life lived with an open heart will be celebrated.Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Edmonds's memory to VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.