Published: May 23, 2007
Sheila Marian (Tubbs) Brophy
Sheila Marian (Tubbs) Brophy, 47, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 18, 2007, surrounded by family and friends, following a short illness.
She was born in Santa Paula on March 18, 1960, the youngest child of Vernon and Helen Tubbs. She grew up in Santa Paula, attending elementary and junior high school there, and graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1978.
She was very active in the Santa Paula First Presbyterian Church throughout her life. She served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and was a loyal member of the English Handbell Choir. She began playing the handbells at the age of 13, and continued for 27 years. In 1988, she had the honor of leading the Pasadena Rose Parade as a member of the All Southern California Handbell Ringer Band. This was one of her proudest achievements.
In 1984 Sheila married Roger Riley, and from this union she received her most valued gift, her son Nathan and daughter Summer. They were the light of her life. She later divorced, and continued living in Santa Paula while working for Dynatest as an office manager.
In 1999 she met the love of her life, Tom Brophy. When she found out Dynatest had an office near where Tom lived in Gainesville, Florida, she knew she had met her destiny. She transferred her job and left her beloved Santa Paula and moved to Florida in 2000. Tom and Sheila married in 2001, and Sheila became a diehard Gator fan.
In 2006, her daughter Summer graduated from Gainesville High School and decided to move back to Santa Paula. Sheila, listening to her heart, made the same decision to follow her “nest” back to Santa Paula. Fittingly, she left this earth in the same place she entered it.
Sheila is survived by her former husband, Tom Brophy of Gainesville, Florida, and her son and daughter, Nathan and Summer Riley, both of Santa Paula. She also leaves her parents, Vernon and Helen Tubbs of Santa Paula; brothers Doug Tubbs (wife Dolas) of Santa Paula and Dr. Jeff Tubbs (companion Linda Jackson) of Upper Ojai; one sister, Vicki Thompson (husband Rod) of Upper Ojai; and “special sister” Shari Espinoza (husband Mike) of Oxnard. Sheila always had a special place in her heart for her nephews, Danny Tubbs (wife Irma) and Donny Tubbs (wife Debbie), Ryan Thompson, and Jeffrey, Maxwell and David Tubbs, and her nieces Kimberly Thompson, and Megan, Naomi and Janessa Tubbs, all of Santa Paula.
Sheila loved everyone she met with all her heart, overlooking their faults and finding something good in each of them. She has left an empty place in the hearts of many, but that will be filled with wonderful memories as time passes.
A celebration of Sheila’s life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Davis St., Santa Paula, with the Rev. Randy Working officiating. The Presbyterian English Handbell Choir will perform in Sheila’s honor.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that any memorial gifts be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Paula, or the Livingston Memorial Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., #101, Ventura, CA 93003.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, 525-3391.