Sophia L. Shields

Date of Passing:

February 28, 2021

Sophia L. Shields, of Providence, Rhode Island, died unexpectedly Sunday, February 28, 2021 at home.

Sophia was born in Greenville, Mississippi on January 18, 1948. She was the daughter of the late Isaiah and Mary (Pippins) Shields.

She was a graduate of Coleman High School, Greenville, Mississippi. Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi and a Master of Education Degree from Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sophia taught school for twenty-nine years in the Providence School Department until her retirement. She worked three years for the Salvation Army Childcare Center as the Director of Daycare Services.

She was a member of Theta Psi Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, AREME Chapter # 3 Order Of the Eastern Star Pha and an active member of Congdon Street Baptist Church in Providence.

She leaves to cherish her memories, a sister, Annie Shields of Pinole, California, a niece, Keisha Hawkins of Berkeley, California, two cousins, Henry Pippins of Phoenix, Arizona, Emma Smith of Chicago, Illinois, a trusted family friend, Joyce Muse of Berkeley, California and a host of friends of Providence, RI.

Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Redwood Chapel, Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence at 11:00 A.M., withvisitation commencing at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow in Swan Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Theta Psi Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship fund, P.O. Box 9202, Providence, Rhode Island O2940

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  1. Soph you taught me so much. The books you made me read. The shopping trips on Saturdays we took just to try stuff on and not buy. You were my second mother, and living with you is time I will carry in my heart forever. Love you and miss you always.

  2. I was so sad to hear of Sophia’s passing. When I attended Congdon Street Baptist Church years ago when I lived in RI before I married my husband and moved to MA, I loved seeing Sophia in church every Sunday always dressed in elegance and splendor. She was always so beautiful. But, more importantly, Sophia was joyful to be with. I remember, one year the church took a shopping trip to New York City (this was in the days before internet shopping), and I spent the whole day shopping with Sophia in NY city. I had so much fun. Sophia was such a welcoming person to so many who met her. She taught me the value of dressing elegant to show your inner beauty and sharing joy with the others to show your outer beauty of love towards others. Memories of Sophia will always be with me.

  3. Ms Shields I am so sad to hear of your passing, you will be greatly missed by me and your family and friends you was a very beautiful, intelligent ,smart , caring, funny, great advice giver, kind, & thoughtful person, I remember you as a little girl going to Nathan Green School my library teacher I remember being afraid to pass by the library trying to hide from you so you wouldn’t catch me to give me a lecture I can hear you now saying come here Veronica and I’ll be like oh boy lol lol!!! Dog Ms Shields has caught me lol lol I remember you always being there for my Aunt Barbara Jean just coming to the house to sit and talk and I remember that big old smile and your laugh those are things I’m going to miss about you just being Ms Shields. My condolences to The Shield’s family rest in peace Miss Sophie Shields r.i.p. from the Ashley & horton family

  4. To The Family of Ms. Sophia L. Shields on behalf of the Coleman High School Class of 1966 as well as myself please accept our deepest sympathies.
    Having known Sophia since childhood I have many fond memories of her. But the memory that sticks out the most is the one of the little girl (Sophia) who walked past our house in Greenville, MS every Sunday on her way to church rain or shine. Even as a child Sophia had a deep compassion and love for her fellow man. She not only looked for the good in everyone she met she found it. Sophia knew that in order to have a better world it takes work to make it so and she spent every day of her life making it so. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her was truly blessed. So let us take heart in knowing that God decided to give a good and faithful servant a much deserved rest and that her soul is resting in peace, And to Sophia’s family THANK YOU for having hearts big enough and faith strong enough to share such a wonderful person,

  5. To The Family of Ms. Sophia L. Shields on behalf of the Coleman High School Class of 1966 as well as myself please accept our deepest sympathies.
    Having known Sophia since childhood I have many fond memories of her. But the memory that sticks out the most is the one of the little girl (Sophia) who walked past our house in Greenville, MS every Sunday on her way to church rain or shine. Even as a child Sophia had a deep compassion and love for her fellow man. She not only looked for the good in everyone she met she found it. Sophia knew that in order to have a better world it takes work to make it so and she spent every day of her life making it so. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her was truly blessed. So let us take heart in knowing that God decided to give a good and faithful servant a much deserved rest and that her soul is resting in peace, And to Sophia’s family THANK YOU for having hearts big enough and faith strong enough to share such a wonderful person,

  6. Sending prayers and condolences to the Shields family. Met Sophia through the Order of the Eastern Star. May she SIH.

  7. Miss Sophie, what a beautiful, kind soul you were! You were such a presence at Greene! I have often thought of you and pray that you rest in power.

  8. A beautiful soul….gone too soon. Her smile & loving spirit will be missed by all. Our condolences to her family. God Bless & RIP Ms Sophia

  9. My prayers are with Sophia’s family. May God give you strength and comfort during this time. 🙏

    Me and Sophia had some fun times and the Eastern Star she will be missed.

    On behalf of me and my mother we send our Condolences.

  10. Sophia will be remembered for her love of teaching and a dedicated church worker. She was a proud AKA. you will be missed by friends, family and community.

  11. To the Shields family, my heart is saddened today but I wish you to know that it is and will always to be a joyful pleasure to know and love Sophie. My heart and spirit will be with you during this time of deep benevolence and grief. Please remember that to be absent from this earthly place is to be present with the Lord!

    My prayers are with you all. May Christ continue to guide you and may God continue to hold you.

  12. Sophie was a 7th street neighbor and classmate. She was always polite and kind. We last spoke about 3 yrs ago and caught up on everything. She had not changed . She was still kind and soft spoken. My deepest sympathy goes out to Annie Laura and the rest of her family as they mourn the loss of Sophie’s very special soul.

  13. As i look at this I’m in shock i cant believe this. I had so many great memories with u that i will cherish for the rest of my life. We considered you our family and we know u felt the same.We will always love and miss Ms.Shields. Thank you for always being you and loving all of us generation after generation. Love your extended family The Singleton’s.

  14. My condolences to the family of Sophia. Soror Shields is a beautiful, kind lady with a lovely smile for all. She greeted people with love and leaves us with a light of love. Her smile was an embrace to me. She now receives her eternal reward. You finished well thy good and faithful servant.

  15. My dear sorority sister. Words can’t express my saddened at this time. Fond memories will linger on forever of our times together, especially one travelling to Cambridge, MA to obtain our Master.
    My sincere condolences to the Shields’ Family.

  16. To the Family of Sophia, two words Beautiful Person. She will be missed may she Rest in Peace.

  17. My dear sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority ,Inc.
    A beautiful spirit person, whose genuine smile warms the heart whenever you meet. My deepest condolence to the Shields’ family.

  18. Will there be a virtue service for Sophia. If so what is the link and what time will the service. My phone number is 601-310-3444

  19. I’m so sorry to hear of Soror Sophia’s passing. I will always remember her kindness and spunk, and how she warmly welcomed me when I joined Theta Psi Omega. May she rest in perfect peace.

  20. As a dear sorority sister, that has always been there, and one that I loved and admired, I’m deeply saddened by her sudden passing. I will cherish the laughs and wisdom she willingly shared with me through the years forever. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved her.

  21. My condolence to the family of a wonderful soul as Sophia. She was a person who gave a smile that made your day. I will miss her dearly in the Eastern Star. May the Great Creator give you the eternal rest. RIP

  22. Words will not express how much I’ll miss Sophia and the joy She shared.

    To The Family:

    May You find comfort
    Knowing that those
    who love the Lord
    Live forever in Heaven,
    Even as Their memory
    Lives forever
    In our heart.

    Expressing Heartfelt sympathy,
    God Bless

  23. My condolences to the Shields family. I admired Miss Sophie and I will miss her dearly. Rest in Paradise

  24. Dearest Sophie, I will miss working, talking and laughing with you at Congdon Street Baptist Church.
    My deepest condolences to your entire family.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4.
    REST IN PEACE 🌹

  25. We remember Ms. Sophia Shields fondly from Congdon Street Baptist Church. You are on our hearts and in our prayers. Fondly, Mary, Kennedy & Olivia

  26. I am saddened to learn of my classmate passing. God has another angel our class Coleman High School 1966 has lost a quiet, sweet person. Missing you much, take your rest

  27. I am saddened to learn of my classmate passing. She called to comfort me in January when I lost my brother. God has another soldier, our class Coleman High School 1966 has lost a quiet, sweet person. Missing you much, take your rest

  28. I am the closet classmate of Sophia we went to Coleman High School together and remain friends through our adults life. I am deeply sad to learn of her passing I have been calling Sophia and got no answer til I did a search on google to find out that my best friend had pass. I would like to say that she was an angle and love everyone she came in contact with. Sophia will truly be missed we all loved us some Sophia. In the 90’s I had a chance to visit her at her home and we went to church together, what a time we had and she visited me when I attended a conference in Baltimore. MD. She is now with her mom and with the Lord. To God be the Glory. We will miss you Sophia.

  29. To the family of Ms. Sophia
    Shields, I express my deepest sympathy to you as you grieve such a loss. I will miss Sophia’ s kind and lovely spirit. She’s gone away too soon. RIP Sophia my good friend.

  30. Mr. & Mrs. Clarence R. Snead Jr. would like to say the family has our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences. Ms. Sophia my Sister in the Star always had a wonderful spirit when it came to me and the rest of the family. Especially Robin working with her during the years when Robin was with her Grandmother. RIP Mrs Sophia Shields will never forget Most Worshipful Grand Master Snead and family, along with Prince Hall Jurisdiction of Rhode Island.❤

  31. It was a shock to read of Sophia’s passing. We became friends while beginning our teaching careers at Nathanael Greene M.S. I remember fondly the Thanksgiving she spent with my family, her visit after the birth of my son and her giving my daughter her first Barbie doll.💔😢

  32. Sophie and I taught together at N Greene. She always had a smile for everyone.. My sympathy to her family and friends. Sophie will be remembered for her kindness and spirit.

  33. To Sister Sophia Family
    Thank you for sharing our dear sister for so many special years. We are praying for strength during this terrible time of bereavement. God Bless each of you.

  34. To the entire family of our Sister Sophia L. Shields
    “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning ‘
    We will miss your gentle touch in so many ways. You were a wonderful spirit who touched so many lives in this world. I will remember your smile, your fashion, your joyfulness and all the laughter we shared with you. It is well now, we pray that God will give you rest. May your soul rest in peace. We love you Sister Sophia and will miss you dearly. 💔💚💔💚💔💚💔💚💔💚💔💚

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