SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 12, 2013

Sheila B. (Brown) Beyer, 89


Ipswich — Sheila B. (Brown) Beyer, 89, of Warner Road, Ipswich, died on June 10, 2013, at home following a short illness.

Born in Boston April 17, 1924, she was the daughter of the late George C. and Clara (Mollett) Brown. She was raised in Milton and graduated from Milton High School. She attended Boston University, where she earned her bachelors of science in business administration and a masters in education, and she attended Nova University where she earned a Ph.D. in education.

She was a dedicated educator and believed wholeheartedly in the power of education to transform lives, especially those of women. She worked for Cable Memorial Hospital, Boston University, MIT, and Bunker Hill Community College. In Ipswich, where Sheila lived for 60 years, she was an energetic volunteer coordinating the swim program for the Ipswich Council on Aging, serving on the Rita Poirier Empowerment Fund, participating in the Intergeneration program, and volunteering at the visitors center. She loved the outdoors and was passionate about preserving open space, especially on the North Shore. She belonged to numerous conservation organizations including the Essex County Greenbelt Association and the Trustees of Reservations.

Sheila loved the town of Ipswich, its natural beauty, Crane Beach, and especially the people. We would like to acknowledge the employees of the First Ipswich Bank, Bernie Sullivan Insurance, Gordon Florist, the Ipswich Council on Aging, and the hundreds of other people, who contributed to the quality of her life in their own way in this special town. Thank You.

Sheila is survived by her son, Peter R. Beyer of Nashua, N.H.; her daughter, Leslie A. Beyer of Arlington; four grandchildren, Andrea Fried of Honduras and Zachary P. Beyer, Nathan M. Beyer, and Angela (Calvetti) Hornor and family all of New Hampshire; a brother, Alan H. Brown in Norwood; and many dear friends and relatives.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., in the Whittier–Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Her funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name be made to the Essex County Greenbelt Association, 82 Eastern Ave., Essex, MA 01929. For directions or to leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter@comcast.net.