Sheila Whiddon Smith age 83 of Harwich, died on October 22, 2018 with her loving family by her side. She is survived by her two daughters Meredith and husband Charles Konner, Stephanie and husband Roger Greenwood, her cousin Gail Moeller and husband John and their son Tyler, her sister in-law Judith McCracken and husband Robert and their three daughters and families, sister in law Audrey Smith and her two daughters and son and their families, grandchildren Dr. William Whiddon Greenwood and fiancé Lisa Rogers, Bennett Preston Greenwood and wife Alexandra, her great granddaughter Lucy Martha Greenwood, and great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Mildred Whiddon, her daughter Martha Smith, and her husband Preston L. Smith who died two months ago.
Sheila was born in Melrose and raised in Orleans, in Rock Harbor and then Pochet. She attended Orleans High School where she was active in sports and awarded All Cape Basketball recognition. She earned a scholarship to Springfield College where she was part of their second class of women. Sheila attended through her sophomore year after which she chose to leave to support her husband's dental career and raise her family. Sheila was a one-time tap dancer for the USO as well as an active paddle tennis player at Eastward Ho!.
Sheila met her husband Preston through his sister Judith at Oyster Pond in Chatham, where she was a swim instructor. They married, lived in Philadelphia, Camp Lejeune N.C. and Maine before settling on Cape Cod to bring up their family.
Sheila managed the Gloria Stevens Figure Salon in Orleans and Hyannis before joining the staff of the Cape Cod Chronicle in 1982. She became advertising manager to the paper in 1987. Her time with the Chronicle spanned five plus decades and brought her immense pleasure. She considered publisher Hank Hyora and the staff her family. She looked forward to her weekly lunches with Hank.
Sheila enjoyed her nightly glass of champagne, her cats, reading two newspapers a day to keep up on current events, as well as a good political discussion. She loved to entertain, was a wonderful cook and decorator, and cherished holidays, and family gatherings and birthdays. Christmastime was a favorite. You could find pine cones and greens, red bows and sparkly baubles in every nook and cranny available. Sheila also enjoyed traveling to the Cayman Islands with her husband Preston and daughters and grandchildren.
A family gathering to celebrate the life of both Sheila and her husband Preston is planned. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity that has meaning for you.
Her loving family will miss her.