Ethelyn J. Shinn

Shinn, Ethelyn J. CORONADO -- Ethelyn Jones Shinn, 84, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013, of heart failure at her home in Coronado, CA. She was born on April 26, 1928, in Washington, D.C. to Herbert and Ethelyn Jones. She attended Bishops High School in La Jolla before going to the University of California at Los Angeles. Upon graduation from UCLA, she went to New York where she worked as a fashion copywriter at Vogue and Mademoiselle magazines. She returned to Coronado, California, where she met her husband, Robert A. Shinn. They had two sons, George and Clay. She was an active ocean racer with her husband and children, including racing and cruising in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Southern California, Mexico, and Japan. She wrote cruising articles for yachting publications and was the associate editor for a weekly news magazine in Okinawa, Japan. In 1980, her husband retired as a Naval Captain and they returned to the family home in Coronado where she continued writing and became very active with activities at the San Diego Yacht Club and America's Cup Campaigns When her husband was stationed with the Marines at Quantico, Virginia, she renewed her interest in art and became a docent at the National Gallery of Art for three years. She then renewed her interest writing and wrote "The Collegiate Cookbook" to assist her sons in their college life. Back in San Diego Lyn was very active with her Junior League Sustainers group and the Asian Arts Museum. She also took this opportunity to continue her love of oil painting and created many treasured pieces that were admired by many. She is survived by her husband, Robert Shinn, sons George Shinn and Clay Shinn and grandsons Parker Shinn and Connor Shinn. She always had a cheerful spirit and positive attitude toward life. Her signature laughter warmed the hearts of all who knew her. She loved her family dearly and will be missed beyond measure. A memorial celebration will be held on Friday, April 5th, at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado, located at 1114 Ninth St. A celebration of life will be conducted at the San Diego Yacht Club, 1011 Anchorage Lane, San Diego, from 3-5:00 p.m., April 10, 2013.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Apr. 2 to Apr. 8, 2013