Sheila May MacDonald

July 19, 1935 ~ February 2, 2020 (age 84)


Born July 19, 1935 to William and Sadolia Brand in Maywood Calif.

Graduated from University High in Los Angeles in February 1953. 

She married Tony Hopps on December 5, 1953. 

They had 3 daughters, Teri Smith, Tracie Cvitkovich and Trisha Hopps.

She worked at Douglas Aircraft for two years then began typing scripts for the Hollywood movie and TV industries.  She typed so fast that she burned up the new electric typewriters back in the day.

In 1965 they moved to Simi Valley where she continued to work as a typist and raise her girls.

In 1975 they moved to Paradise, Ca where she worked for the Paradise Board of Realtors from 1975-1986 then began working for Rose Chapel, where she worked for 13 years.

She met Thomas in Paradise in 1982 and they married 9.23.1983.

After her first retirement, daughter Trish and partner Pamme decided to open Ridge Physical Therapy in December, 2002.   Sheila said “I can come and answer the phones for you!”  3 months later Trish said either we put you on payroll or you can’t come in anymore.  She became the Office Manager and worked with them for 15+ years.  She retired in July, 2018.


Sheila began studying metaphysics at the Simi Valley Church of Religious Science in 1965.  Later when she moved to Paradise in the mids 70s she became an active member of the Paradise Church.  Her studies found her completing three years of Science of Mind for which she received Certificate as Practitioner of the Science of Mind in 1983 which she retained through the years.   Sheila also completed one and a half years of ministerial training, spoke at Sunday services, served on numerous committees and as President of the Board for several terms.

After 30+ years serving the church as a licensed practitioner along with the reputation and respect she had built for herself, Religious Science International awarded her the honor of Practitioner of the year in 2010 at the annual Asilomar Conference.  Sheila exemplified the principles of God in Action throughout her life. 


Her beauty, grace, strength, wisdom and positive presence lit up any room she walked into. She was an amazing listener and when she spoke you knew it was important and powerful.  She was strong and resilient, stoic yet sensitive.   She was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, wife, grandmother, friend and coworker...words just can’t express what Sheila was to all of us but we know her presence will be with us each and every day.  She touched so many.


She is survived by her brother Dennis, 3 daughters, 4 granddaughters,  3 great grandchildren, 2 step sons and several step grand and great grandchildren. 

A Memorial Service will be held, Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at Rose Chapel Mortuary, 6382 Clark Road, Paradise, CA


Donations may be made to the American Leukemia Foundation.

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Memorial Service
February 8, 2020

1:00 PM
Rose Chapel Mortuary, Magalia Cemetery, Magalia

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