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Sheila Collette Bellamy was born on November 26, 1956 to Deloris (Dee) and Lindbirgh Bellamy. Sheila was raised in Philadelphia, and often traveled to Conway South Carolina, the birthplace of her parents. She graduated from West Philadelphia High School. After high school, Sheila enrolled in technical school and specialized in Administrative Support. Sheila later went on to a long successful career at Villanova University supporting their NROTC Program and working with the Navy and students for over 30 years. She loved her time at Villanova working with young military staff and seeing them graduate on to their careers. She was also very proud that her son, Tyson attended and graduated from Villanova during her time there. She was a proud Villanova Mom and was often found wearing school gear to express her pride.
On January 1st, 1976 she became the second half of Larry and Sheila. On June 25, 1983 she married the love of her life, Lawrence (Larry) Jessie Rylander at 59th street Baptist Church. Their love was admired by all. During their marriage they were blessed with two children, Lawrence and Austin. They were a warm and welcoming family. They were known to host fantastic family dinners and summer parties. You never left their house without having a good time. Most recently Sheila hosted the Family Christmas dinner and she meticulously planned every detail to ensure everyone had a good time.
Sheila was always on the go, never letting the grass grow under her feet. She recently renovated a three-story townhouse, managing the entire project by herself. She was so proud of this accomplishment. She also loved to shop; it was one of her favorite pastimes. She had a talent for finding the most beautiful, colorful, and unique art pieces and holiday decorations. She loved to display her recent masterpieces in her home allowing visitors to marvel at her unique displays.
Sheila also loved to travel. She spent lots of time traveling with her sister, Princetta on their special journeys together. Most recently they traveled to Europe with her nephew Darnell. She very much enjoyed the experience and had the pleasure of shopping while there.
Sheila was a devoted mother and grandmother who cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She spent lots of time going back and forth between PA and MD to spend time with her grandchildren. She loved to attend school performances, basketball/football games, and the annual Grandparents Day event with her grandchildren.
Sheila is survived by her loving children Tyson (Mika), Lawrence III, and Austin (Devani), and four grandchildren Tyson Jr, Lilah, Brandon, and Kahsai. She also leaves behind her sister Princetta and brother Linwood (Roberta). She also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends. Sheila was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence (Larry), her mother Deloris, her father Lindbirgh, and her brother Rickie (Kim).