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Myra Jacobs Sheldon Obituary
SHELDON, MYRA JACOBS Myra Jacobs Sheldon, age 101, long-time Milford kindergarten teacher, community leader and Morningside Association icon, died peacefully April 17 at her home in Milford, CT. Often called the "Matriarch of Morningside," Mrs. Sheldon was an early settler in that waterfront community. During her 76 years there, she chaired many committees and served as Morningside Association president. She was also the force behind State of Connecticut grants to improve the waterfront beach, seawalls and pier. Mrs. Sheldon was born in New Haven on Oct. 2, 1911, the daughter of Bessie and Donald DeBritton Jacobs, who later lived in Morningside. She was married 42 years to Kenneth Wilson Sheldon, a Certified Public Accountant, who died in 1976. Their children are Jane Sharpe (Donald) of Sandy Hook, CT and Karen Lynne Fay (David) of Otis, Mass. A son, Robert Kent Sheldon, is deceased. She had four generations of direct descendents, including 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. A graduate of Hillhouse High School, New Haven State Normal School and Columbia University, she earned a master's degree at Southern Connecticut State University. She was an elementary school teacher in Devon, Milford, in the 1930s, later teaching kindergarten at Orange Avenue and Pumpkin Delight Schools for another 20 years. Mrs. Sheldon was a world traveler, visiting more than 100 islands and countries, traveling by train, plane, and ship, and also in dugout canoes, rickshaws and dogsleds. She toured six of the seven continents: Africa, North America, South America, Australia, Europe, and the Arctic. And she sailed around South America to view the glaciers of Antarctica. She was also a master-point bridge player, once hosting bridge player and Hollywood actor Omar Sharif. A lifetime volunteer, she was a librarian at the Woodmont Borough Public Library for 20 years. She was a Marshal in the 2004 Woodmont Day Parade and twice nominated as a Milford Womens' Club "Living Treasure." Mrs. Sheldon also was a multi-gallon blood donor, worked at Red Cross Blood Banks, the Legal Aid Society, tutored juveniles in the New Haven Courts, and transported patients for the American Cancer Society. In 1982 she was the GOP candidate for Board of Education. At age 97, Savin Dermatological used her for a study of anti-wrinkle creams. She continued to drive her car until age 98 and the Council on Aging used her as a model, testing her every three months for physical, psychological and driving skills. At age 99, she wrote an autobiography -- offering perspectives on a hundred years of change. Mrs. Sheldon was probably best known in Morningside because she swam every good-weather day, all summer, in Long Island Sound. Her closest friends, in recent years, were her huge family, neighbors and swim-mates. She donated her body to Yale University Medical School. A memorial service will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Mary Taylor Memorial Methodist Church, 168 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. Friends may call immediately thereafter, at her home at 6 Soundview Place, Morningside. Contributions may be made to the Woodmont Library, 16 Dixon Street, Milford, CT. 06460 or to the Morningside Association, P.O. Box 506, Milford, CT 06460.

Published in The New Haven Register on Apr. 24, 2013
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