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Sheila Brown

July 11, 1946November 5, 2020

Sheila Brown, 74, a longtime resident of South Dennis, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 5, 2020 after a brief illness at Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster. Born in Dorchester, MA on July 11, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Terry and Mary Fennessy. Sheila was raised in Broad Brook, CT.

Sheila was a graduate of the Vesper George School of Art, Boston MA, as a creative and talented artist she spent the first part of her career as a graphic artist creating pen and ink mural for the Sandwich Co Operative Bank, painted Christmas scenes for the Christmas Light Display at LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro for 14 years, created pen and ink drawings of historic Cape Cod locations for the Christmas Tree Shops yearly calendar, painted a mural for Hospice VNA, Dennis.

Sheila will always be remembered for her kind nature and adventurous spirit. She was a VNA Home Health Aide for over 21 years, as well as a hospice volunteer, and participated in delivering Meals on Wheels. Sheila had a deep love for Halloween and became known as “The Balloon Lady” in her neighborhood. She passed out balloons instead of candy, drawing large crowds to her home each year. Most of all she will be missed for being a mom to her two sons Edward and Jeffery Brown. Her unconditional supportive love, positive spirit and loving energy will be appreciated and remembered forever by her family.

Sheila is survived and will be deeply missed by her two sons, Edward Brown and his wife Paige of 68-3554 Aaka St, Waikoloa, HI 96738, and Jeffrey Brown of 498 Elm Rd Walpole, MA 02081; three grandsons, Cody, Christopher, and Conner Brown; a great-granddaughter, Blakely Brown; five sisters, Deirdre Fennessy, Mill Valley CA, Maura Reilly (Robert), Brewster MA, Anita Landon (Dick), Santa Cruz CA, Jean Fennessy (Jim), Kent Washington, and Brenda Fennessy, Florence MO, Sean Fennessy(Mary),Rockport MA. She will also be fondly remembered by her nephews and nieces, Sylvan, Caitlyn, Rose, Daniel, Garrett, Lucy, Erin and Riley.

She was predeceased by her mother Mary and Father Terry Fennessy; her brother, Mark Fennessy; and nephew Ben Ryley.

At this time, services have been omitted due COVID 19. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sheila’s name to VNA of Cape Cod or VNA Hospice at To leave an online condolence please visit

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Maura McGill Mudd

November 11, 2020

I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother, Ed & Jeffrey. And I know how much Sheila will be missed by her loving brother and sisters.

My most vivid memory of Sheila in my youth was when she and Aunt Mary brought little Ed and Jeffrey to 9 Whittemore Street for a visit with (great) Grandma. A very happy time.

My condolences and prayers to all of you. Rest In Peace, Sheila.

Ann-Marie Fanning Shaw

November 11, 2020

Ed and Paige,
I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my love and deepest sympathy.


Janet Dupee

November 11, 2020

Ed, I was so sad when I read of your mom’s passing! Sheila and I would frequently bump into one another around town and always updated each other on how you and Chris were doing. . She was such a kind person and will surely be missed. My deepest condolences to you and Jeffery and your families.

Beverly Hopkins

November 10, 2020

I remember Sheila as being such a welcoming neighbor when we moved here with 2 young children. Going to her house on Halloween was so much fun, with balloons everywhere! I have also enjoyed purchasing the calendars from the Christmas Tree Shop with her artwork .

Sheila loved sitting out on her deck, reading. We would communicate across the fence and she was always interested in how my children were doing.

I am sorry for your loss and will miss her.


Pat & Paul Bartsch

November 9, 2020

So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person. We have fond memories of Shiela. May she Rest In Peace

Meaghan Fennessy Keeley

November 9, 2020

Sending healing thoughts & prayers to the Fennessy & Brown Family .
May you find peace thru this heart break.

Cousin Sheila was always one of those happy eldest MA cousins who always took the time to embrace & welcome us younger cousins. I remember many wonderful summer family picnics in their West Dennis Home. Many loud fun times, and Sheila was always at the helm. Her glowing art echoed the talent of her fabulous mom, Aunt Mary.

I hope you all can heal and keep those happy memories alive & well. I know I can share from all my siblings, Kevin, Maureen, Terence & Conor, your family is all in our prayers.

May Peace Be with YOU.

Meaghan Fennessy Keeley
( from the Eamon & Mary-Louise Fennessy clan )

Eileen McGill Fox

November 9, 2020

Dear cousins, Ed, and Jeff:

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved sister and mother. She was a warm, talented, and lovely person. A few years ago, I took my mother, Kathleen McGill, to the Cape and we had such a pleasant afernoon with Sheila and Maure. It was especially meaningful to my mother who became an aunt to Mark and Sheila at a young age and always had a special place in her heart for them.
I know how much all of you will miss her. Please know that I am thinking of you during these raw days of grief.
Eileen McGill Fox

Tracey Fennessy

November 9, 2020

Prayers for family & friends.

Maureen Cavanaugh

November 8, 2020

With deepest sympathy during this difficult time of loss.

My Mom (Helen) and Sheila really connected to each other as artists. I remember we were at Grandma's house in West Roxbury and my Mom showed me drawings in the Boston Globe that Sheila had done for Filene's. The drawings were of women and men modeling clothing that Filene's was advertising. My Mom really loved Sheila's artwork, as do I.

She's joining your Mom and Dad and all the other Fennessy relatives, in heaven.

Katy McGill-James

November 8, 2020

It was always exciting when we were young to see Uncle Terry and our "big cousins". Among my earliest memories were the family picnics in Broad Brook and the joy of romping with all the cousins. Later we loved visiting the Cape and playing on Mr McGowen's checker board and exploring the secret passageway into Sean's closet. Of course we were also delighted when we saw the Cape Fennessys at Gramma's or Uncle Quentin's house. You might not have realized how much we small to middling cousins loved to see all of you. I am so sorry about Sheila's death. She will be greatly missed.


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