Sheila pronounced (Shy-la) was born in Northeast India, now Bangladesh near the Himalayas. Sheila was born with an extra measure of strength and will. The week she was born she had a fever so severe that every doctor in the hospital told her mother there was no hope for her survival. Her mother took her home and miraculously, within days, her temperature came down. When she was five, her family moved from India to Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Sheila’s younger sister told me in Elementary school they called her “The Boss,” not because she would bully any of the other kids, but because if the school bullies wanted “pick-on” her little sister or any other kid, they would have to go through Sheila first. Needless to say, the age of “School Bullying,” ended. This is who Sheila was in life.
She cared little for precedent and only for what was just and true in her heart. Sheila was the Valedictorian of her High School class. She won many awards for literature, created a Fashion clothing line, and had several Art Galleries in her name…all this while in High School. During this time, Sheila also taught yoga and dance as a Master in Odissi (Indian Temple Dance). In a family of Magistrates, royals, doctors, engineers, attorneys, Sheila’s mom, Bakura said to me, “Sheila is the most effective human being I have even seen.” I whole heartedly agree. Because of her love for people, Sheila wanted to become a doctor, however, during an internship she discovered that she would have to choose a different path.
Sheila attended the prestigious Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University. It was there she graduated from Law School in only four years. During her University studies, which often took 16 hours per day, Sheila helped mother write an Indian Cook book in German and taught Culinary classes twice per week. She worked as an Attorney and Business Development Manager for Innovative Software A.G. in Germany, United Kingdom and France. As an attorney she helped people protect develop their businesses intellectual properties. She is fluent in Nine languages, including French, Italian, German, Sanskrit, Latin, Urdu Bengali, Hindi, and English.
Sheila and I met thought the Las Vegas yoga community in December of 2009 and married on March 21, 2010. Yes, it was love at first sight.
Sheila love elephants and all animals. She had a reverence for animals one would rarely find in the West. I remember her telling me stories of elephants and their care takers and their beauty and majestic nature. In the years I knew Sheila, she would never let me walk by someone in need, without providing help. And she would just give a few dollars, she would give the cash she had or her jacket or buy a meal. This is the heart of pure light she had for her fellow beings.
Sheila was the Matriarch for the yoga community in St. George Utah, founding Be Hot Yoga & Be University. She trained scores of yoga teachers that will continue her legacy. A piece of her is alive in all of us. The Earth mourning the great lost.
Sheila was the quintessential mother and never let any come before motherhood. She loved taking her hiking in Zion, teaching her about beauty fashion and style, teaching her language and taking her on adventures. One time I dressed Shiloh is mismatched pajamas and even though nobody else was going to see her, Sheila had me go back and search for coordinating top and bottoms. This is how she was, if she knew that is all that mattered.
My heart is broken in two pieces, and I have no idea how we will go from one day to the next. Our tears join the Great Deep, that abyss of pain and mourning for all those whom have past to unto the realm of Light. Sheila, Shiloh-Faith and I thank each of you for your love, prayers and support. Heaven is thundering with all of our love. "Dear Aba, give us this day our daily miracles and forgive us if we do not see them."
May God bless you, Namaste, Jt Brown
Sheila Ilias Brown, resident of St. George Utah, passed away on Saturday, January 18th 2014 at 6:35 am. She was born on September 25th, 1974 to Mohamad and Bakura Ilias. Sheila married her devoted and loving husband Jt Brown on March 21st, 2010, and together they created a family when their little girl Shiloh Faith was born July 17, 2011.
She is survived by: Jt Brown of St. George, Utah; Shiloh Faith Brown of St. George, Utah; sisters Sarah Ilias of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Shama Ilias Frankfurt, Germany; brothers Mautasim Billah of Panchagahr, Bangladesh and Karim Yousuf of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is preceded in death by her father Mohamad Ilias.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 23rd from 10:00 am -10:45 am at the Spilsbury Mortuary located at 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah 84770 followed by funeral services at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online at youcaring.com/savingsheila.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff of the Intensive Care Unit at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Also, heartfelt gratitude goes out to all those who have brought comfort, love, and support in this time of need.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Sheila’s guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.