Sheila Sankar was born in Guyana on January 1, 1942, at Diamond Sugar Plantation Estate. She came from a large family, which comprised of seven brothers and four sisters. Sheila met her loving and caring husband, Raymond Sankar, in the year 1970, and their loving relationship blossomed, and their marriage lasted for 48 years. Being together, they were blessed with two sons and three beautiful granddaughters.
Growing up and residing in Guyana, Sheila was one of the many courageous and defiant Guyanese struggling against suppression and oppression when the country was under a dictatorship regime. At that time, she was involved in the risky trading business traveling to Trinidad and Suriname acquiring basic essential items (that were prohibited) for the people of Guyana. She also completed a one-year certification program caring for the elderly in the institutions at the University of Guyana and had attachments with senior homes as part of her coursework.
Sheila always displayed kindness and showed concern for others. She took up residence in Canada for two years and took care of two kids. Two of her nieces were abandoned by their mother and she took it upon herself as her responsibility to take care of them. Additionally, she wholeheartedly took care of her husband's niece and nephew for some time when their loving and you parents passed away.
Raymond and Sheila immigrated to the United States from Guyana in 1998 and spent a year living in New York. At that time, Sheila worked in New Jersey caring for a couple's baby. They moved to Concord, North Carolina in the year 1999 and resided there for nearly twenty years. She loved living in the United States, because of the peaceful surrounding/environment and caring citizens of Concord.
Sheila was employed for a short while at Morningside Assisted Living, Concord Retirement Center and SafeWaze Sewing Plant. In addition, she worked as a sample maker and order puller at Concord Lanscot Arlen Fabrics Plant and Warehouse for over three years.
Having tremendous faith in the Lord's prayers, Sheila enjoyed going to church. She prayed earnestly and demonstrated resilience, fortitude, and perseverance to achieve betterment for her loving family and others. In the past, Sheila attended McGill Baptist church and the Christian church and Healing Center on Cabarrus and Spring Avenue.
She was a seamstress by profession and enjoyed cooking a variety of dishes, in which she took pride in sharing her innovative cuisine expertise and style. Sheila also completed a course in horticulture at the Georgetown Botanical Gardens and loved gardening.
With her sons and grandkids still living in Guyana, it took a toll on Sheila and contributed to her debilitating health. When her health started to deteriorate, Sheila was cared for by the devoted and loving staff at Coltrane Life Center for a few years. She also had the opportunity to participate in the Cabarrus Senior center computer classes and fitness center/gym in the past.
Sheila Sankar was an exceptionally gracious and inspiring woman who dressed immaculately at times and always put others first. She was an amazing mother and wife who cherished and loved her kids and husband. We love her, and she will surely be missed.
Thank you for all the kind words, prayers and sympathies expressed by all family members, friends, caring hospital staff, Cabarrus Hospice center and Wilkinson Funeral Home. It is much appreciated, and God bless.