Mrs. Hattye Voncile Shiel, 92, passed away on Sun., Dec. 1, 2013.
Born on Nov. 6, 1921, she was the oldest of three daughters to Malcolm and Vashti Stewart of Wiggins. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Wiggins. Voncile, as she was known, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi (Mississippi Southern College) in May of 1943 with a BS in Education and Biology. She continued her education in Atlanta, Ga., in microbiology and taught at Camp Shelby during World War II. She worked at the Mississippi Baptist Hospital and Medical Center in Jackson as a researcher until 1956 when she married “Coach” James Virgil Shiel and moved to Ponchatoula, La. to teach at Ponchatoula High School. There, she was not only an outstanding science teacher, but she oversaw the High School Pep Squad and assisted in all the duties and obligations associated with being the coach’s wife.
Mrs. Shiel received both a secondary Teacher’s Certificate and a Louisiana Teaching Certificate in 1959. She completed the work for her Master’s of Education from USM in August of 1965 as she continued to teach Biology and Honor classes at Ponchatoula High School. Mrs. Shiel, as she was affectionately known to her thousands of students, was awarded Dean of Women in 1965 by the American Association of University Women. Shiel also supervised Student Teaching at Southeastern Louisiana University and completed additional studies there in the 1980s toward her Doctorate.
Aunt Voncile, as she was known to her nephews and nieces, was an accomplished educator and leader in the Ponchatoula community and loved doing volunteer work at the Historical Collinswood School Museum after retiring from the school system in 1988. Voncile Stewart Shiel was a dedicated daughter, wife, aunt and educator, many thousands of lives in Mississippi and Louisiana have been touched and made better by her long, accomplished life.
Her husband, “Coach” James Virgil Shiel; her parents, Malcolm and Vashti Stewart; two sisters, Nelda Jean White and Myrtis Stewart Krohn; and her nephew Harold T. White, all preceded her in death.
She is survived by step-son James “Jimbo” (Virginia) Shiel Jr.; nephews, Malcolm “Mal” White, Larry Allen (Lorraine) Krohn, Terry “Tiger” (Rosa) Krohn, Brad (Cammie) White; nieces, Genene Krohn (Larry) Danzey and Sharon (Wayne) Foster; and numerous great and great, great nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank JoAnn Mason, Karen Whatley and Dorothy Mixon, the patient and attentive caregivers who provided loving care and generous support in her advance years.
Funeral services were held Tues., Dec. 3 at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wiggins.
Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins was in charge of arrangements.
Memories may be shared at www.moorefuneralservices.com.