Sheila Manney

Sheila Manney

Monday, January 25th, 2021

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Obituary for Sheila Ann Manney (Murray)

Sheila A. Manney, professional clipper of coupons, baker of cookies, terror behind the wheel, champion of the underdog, died on Monday, January 25, 2021. She was pre-deceased by her husband John Manney. Sheila, along with her five siblings, was born in 1935, to Bernard and Meredith Murrray, in Providence RI . She grew up in a modest home in Providence. Growing up with very little taught her how to turn a dime into a dollar, a skill at which she’d excel her whole life.

Sheila did not excel at suffering fools or hiding her disdain for someone who acted like one. A voracious reader, she loved mystery and sometimes semi-romance novels and the odd political or wartime book. Later in life she went back to school to become a Registered Nurse and proceeded to work many years at St. Josephs and Fatima hospital ER’s. Sheila had a busy life, but no matter what she was doing she always had time to help someone. Her lifelong hobbies included gardening, reading, looking for bargains at the thrift store and complaining about all the useless politicians, both local and national. Sheila ate peanut butter, cinnamon and jelly toast for breakfast for most of her 85 years of life. She often asked one of her children, how can you eat the same thing everyday? Irony was sometimes lost on her.

Sheila loved to volunteer and give back to the community. She was a long time volunteer at the local library, holding book sales to help pay for programs for the residents of Johnston, which her children suspected was her way of having the programs for free. She also managed a local community garden for years, encouraging others to grow their own healthy food. She freely shared her knowledge of gardening (and life) to anyone who wanted to learn.

Sheila left a legacy of caring and compassionate children to continue her work on this earth. Sheila is survived by her seven wonderful children (and another one who turned out OK eventually). Michaela, J. Patrick, Matthew, David, Terence, Stephen, Jonathan and Joseph. She loved them very much. Everything she did, she did for her children and grandchildren. Unless it was bringing treats two or three times a week to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island where her other “children” worked. She loved visiting with the staff at OSDRI and they loved her as much if not more.

Sheila is survived by her seven grandchildren Brian, Jeremy, Leah, Kira, Lauren, Ryan and Jason. While her sons growing up were unruly and prone to getting in trouble, her granddaughters could do no wrong.

Sheila is predeceased by her brothers Lawrence and Peter and survived by her sister, Jean, and her brothers, David and Michael. Sheila is also survived by an incredible number of close friends, who cannot be named for fear of missing somebody.

Sheila, ever the penny-pincher, decided to leave this world during Covid-19, her children believe, to avoid paying for a funeral. (If she knew what this obituary cost, she certainly would have shortened it. Sorry mom, but this time we have to be frivolous) But, on the other hand, she always said that she didn’t want a funeral, she wanted an Irish wake. She didn’t want everybody moping around, she wanted a party. Sheila will get her celebration of life this coming summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do something nice for somebody else unexpectedly, and without explanation. We love you mom.

Her arrangements have been entrusted to Family’s Choice Cremation Inc. 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren RI 02885 401-337-5900. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Patricia Jacobs

Sheila was perpetually pregnant and perpetually glowing and as ecstatic as if each one was her first.
When my sister Donna married Peter, Sheila welcomed my whole family with open arms.
I never saw her not laughing.
She and John managed to raise a busting-at-the-seams house full of energetic kids, overflowing with laughter and love (they wouldn't tell the kids but they found a lot of the kids' mischief to be hysterical).
All in all, Sheila was just plain awesome.
And she loved grape soda.
My condolences to Michaela and the seven sons (I could rarely tell who was who; sorry) and to her grandchildren and all those who loved her.
May there be many toasts to Sheila at her party!
Comment | Posted at 11:29am via Condolence

Colleen Petrecca

So sorry for you guys, so many fond memories of boating with your Mom and Dad (whenever John would let her come).
Comment | Posted at 11:10am via Condolence

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