Sheila Frances Ripley

Born: Wed., Feb. 20, 1929
Died: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
Location: G. J. Gonce Funeral Home, P.A.

Funeral Service

6:30 PM Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
Location: G. J. Gonce Funeral Home, P.A.

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Sheila Frances Ripley, age 89, a resident of Riviera Beach for 35 years, and previously of Baltimore, passed on December 26, 2018 after suffering from pneumonia.

She was born on February 20, 1929, in London, England, to the late Evelyn Mary and Charles Ripley. During World War II she worked in London with the auxiliary transport service. After moving to Baltimore, she went to work for the Baltimore City Police Department from 1961 to 2000, as a meter maid, and as a captain for the Special Police Water Sheds of Baltimore City. She then worked for the Anne Arundel County CID unit from 2003 until 2018. During her free time she enjoyed knitting and playing golf, and loved horses and horseback riding.

Along with her parents, Sheila is preceded in death by her son Michael McAbee.

She is survived by her daughter Sheila Randy Gelwicks and her husband Carroll; of Perry Hall; her grandson Ryan Gelwicks, also of Perry Hall; her granddaughter Brittany Jones and her husband Rob, of Belair; her sister Rosemary Collo, of New Zealand; her niece Janet Clarke da Encarnacao; great nephew Waide da Encarnacao; and her great niece Kendra da Encarnacao, all of New Zealand; and her two great grandchildren.

Family requests friends visit at the Gregory J. Gonce Funeral Home, PA, 169 Riviera Drive, Pasadena, 21122 on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. Her funeral service will be held at 6:30 PM on Saturday, during the evening visitation hours. Those who wish may donate to the SPCA of Maryland, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, 21211, and feel free to express your condolences below as well.

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Linda Ruland Blottenberger
   Posted Sat December 29, 2018
Randy& Family,
I’m so saddened by Sheila’s passing. She was a dear friend, and an extra special woman. She always loved when I called her “Capt. Ripley”in the morning, when she came to work, and always greeted me with that unmistakable smile. We had the best times when we visited the farm, and her beloved horses.. My deepest condolences to you and your family. She will be greatly missed.

Cheryl Edwards
   Posted Sat December 29, 2018
May God bless the family, Sheila was my first supervisor that honest, true, and didn' t have a problem checking you., I love that woman, and wish I could be there to offer my condolences in person, however, may the peace of God rest upon the family. I am great employee because if Sheila Ripley, I will always cherish her memories and the valuable lessons she taught us in Parking Control.

Barbara Ruth
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
Sheila was, without a doubt, one of the most ethical people I have had the pleasure of working with....she was an amazing, always fair boss. She made you want to be a good person/employee. She let you know, sometimes with only a look, if she was not happy about something that you had done and she never hesitated to compliment you on a job well done. Baltimore City and the police department were blessed with an exceptional, one of a kind, lady.
Thank you Sheila for making us better people!

Cecelia Lottes
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019
Randy, I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing. I’ve known your mom since she worked with my stepfather, Frank Blake, when they worked for Baltimore City Police Department. I always liked your mom. She was tough but fair. She loved her horses and cats. She was always smiling. She would go out of her way to help someone. My deepest heartfelt condolence to you and your family. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten. I’m sure Frank, Mr. Duffy and your mom are all catching up on the good ole’ days. Cecelia Lottes

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