Sheila Conlin Jones

December 5, 1937 ~ October 26, 2019 (age 81)


In the morning of October 26, 2019 Sheila passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 81. She is survived by her husband Lawrence (Larry) Jones, her children Thomas and David, daughters in law Sarah and Lonnie, grandchildren Tyler and Sydney and siblings Mary Sullivan and Paul Conlin. She was predeceased by her brother Patrick.

Sheila was born in Baltimore, Maryland and when she was 12 her family moved to New England. She attended Marywood College and the Harvard University Extension School. In 1961 Sheila, along with nine other women became the first females to be awarded Bachelor's degrees from Harvard. Sheila worked at many jobs but became best known as a technical writer and editor. In 1980 she and Kathy Sayers formed International Wordsmiths, a firm that provided technical writing services for companies in a wide variety of industries. In the mid - 1990s Sheila became a Fellow of the Society of Technical Communication. She continued this work until the day of her death.

Sheila was widely known for her laugh, her cooking, her singing and her generous spirit. Julia Child inspired her passion for cooking and her singing ranged from Gregorian chants to jazz standards from many eras. Her favorite recipes were widely spread by the publication of her cookbook entitled “Sheila’s Cooking.” She felt that young kids would respond to bouncy jazz tunes so she recorded a CD “Swinging Tunes for Little Tykes.” Sheila was also a visual artist producing many woodcuts and silk screens that can be found in homes around the world.

Sheila was deeply loved by her family and the many friends she made over the years. She is sorely missed and will continue to be for a long time. In lieu of flowers donations to JDRF in Sheila’s name would be appreciated. Visit to send a personal condolence.

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