Sheila Ruth Chapman

September 28, 1959February 18, 2013
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Sheila Ruth Chapman, 53, passed away in Dallas on February 18, 2013, after a lengthy illness. Sheila was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1981. She met her husband, Jeff, in 1977. They married in 1980, moved to Boston, then settled in Dallas in 1983, where they built their lives together over the past 30 years. Sheila was very committed to her faith, family, friends and community. She loved many things about Dallas, but her greatest passion was for our community’s children. She was a wonderful mother to her three great kids, Andra Lynn (26), William Garrett (23) and Morgan Leigh (16). She also was an excellent teacher, having taught special education at Notre Dame School and mathematics at Bowman Middle School. Following her retirement from teaching, she served for many years as a board member of Vogel Alcove for Homeless Children, including as Chair of the Board from 2010 until 2012. There was nothing Sheila would not do for homeless children, from feeding a baby at the Alcove to soliciting the most powerful people in Dallas for donations to support her precious Vogel kids. Her passion was children, her calling was serving the homeless, and her dream was for there to be a day when there would be no further need for an organization like Vogel Alcove. Sheila volunteered for many other organizations and groups in Dallas, including the Gladys Golman/Fay Education Fund, Greenhill School, the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the National Council of Jewish Women, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Yavneh Academy. Sheila was an incredible wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her strength, courage, kindness and wisdom made all who knew her better people themselves. Her beautiful smile lit up the room. Her favorite movie as a child, The Wizard of Oz, featured a saying that is particularly telling: “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.” By that measure, Sheila’s heart was boundless. Sheila is survived by her husband and three children; her parents, Robert and Shirlee Rivin of Dallas; her sister Beth Donaldson of McLean, Virginia; her sister Naomi Meislish of Beit Horon, Israel; her cousin Nancy Rivin; and countless other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Congregation Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Avenue, in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vogel Alcove, Southwestern Medical Foundation, The University of Iowa Foundation or Yavneh Academy.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Christian Freberg

February 18, 2014

I can't believe a year has passed. What a wonderful woman she was! I feel blessed to have known her for 25+ years. Sheila will never be forgotten.

Steve Manley

April 24, 2013

To me, Sheila was the very definition of beauty. She exuded it and surrounded herself with it. She created it and shared it with all. She taught me a great deal about how to search for the beauty in all things regardless of my circumstances. It is a lesson that I took to heart and will always remember.

Unpretentious and charming, with a smile that could truly lift your spirits. How blessed am I to have shared my brief time with her!

Margaret Rios

April 22, 2013

It was great privilege to know Sheila.She is definately a women to emulate. Many will miss her as I will.

John Small

February 26, 2013


Gayle and I were so sorry to learn the sad news. We wish we could have been there in Dallas for you. Treasure the good memories.

Janis Spivey

February 24, 2013

Sheila meant so much to our family. I never got to meet her, but greatly enjoyed our 'mom talk' via email. It was easy to see what a terrific person she was. And we appreciate immensely how caring she was of our 'boys'! She is gone too soon, yet she accomplished so much. She will be missed by all of us. Best wishes to her family. Janis, Bill, Dave & Mike Spivey

Louise Chapman-Levinson

February 24, 2013

I just heard about Sheila's death from Ron Schreiber, who heard it from Larry Fink. Stan joins me in condolences to Jeff and the children. Love always.

Koula Legner

February 23, 2013

I was sorry to hear of Sheila's passing it was great to find her on facebook after all these years, childhood friends and classmate from Sioux City. What a kind and accomplished person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May her memory be eternal.

Mike Spivey

February 23, 2013

What a great tribute to such a wonderful person. I am a better person for having known Sheila, as so many more are. Sheila, you will always be a part of us.

Mary Silverman

February 22, 2013

Jeff, Andra, Billy and Morgan,
I will always remember Sheila's grace and poise. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Edith & Max Goodman

February 22, 2013

Dear Jeff and family. We were so sorry to hear about Sheila. May God comfort you in your loss