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Sheila Hayes Coughlin, 64, of Haverhill, Mass., passed away peacefully on August 22, 2017, at High Pointe Hospice House from glioblastoma multiforme.
Sheila was born in Manchester, N.H., and was raised in Newport, R.I. She graduated from Rogers High School and received her associate’s degree from North Shore Community College and her bachelor’s degree in social work from Salem State University, both with honors. Sheila married her husband, David in 1982, and they were happily married for 35 years. As a stay-at-home mom, she raised three beautiful daughters in Danvers, Mass. Always a selfless and caring individual, Sheila put the upbringing of her children and her love for her husband above her own goals and career. She dedicated her life to helping others, working for many years in Danvers Public Schools as a teacher aide for special needs children. She loved what she did for a living and was loved and respected by the students she taught as well as her coworkers, who were also her dear friends. After her retirement in 2015, she spent much of her time taking care of her grandson, Jack, and enjoying quality time with her family and friends. Sheila was a voracious reader and was very active her entire life. She loved taking long bike rides with her husband, long (and very fast) walks with her dog, Rex, and enjoyed many trips to the beach. She loved to cook and always made sure her family had a delicious home-cooked meal waiting for them. Her zest for life never went unnoticed and she always found a way to make those around her laugh and feel loved.
Sheila is survived by her husband, David Coughlin; her three daughters, Michaela (Jake) Carlson of Haverhill, Mass., Maggie (Jeremy) Coughlin of New York, N.Y., and Hannah (Jon-Austin) Vest of Dallas, Texas; her grandchildren, Cole Vest of Dallas, Texas, and Jack and Brynne Carlson of Haverhill, Mass.; her eight brothers and sisters.
The family would like to thank those who cared for Sheila during her illness and in her final days, especially High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, and Sheila’s doctors, nurses and the staff at Massachusetts General Hospital, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, and Holy Family Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste 550, Chicago, IL 60631, please visit www.abta.org.
Visiting hours will be on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, from the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will at St. Mary’s Church, Spring Street, Newport, Aug. 26, 2017, at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. For more information, please visit www.oneillhayes.com.
Published on  August 23, 2017
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