Celebration of Life
City Harvest Church
Saturday September 12th, 2020
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Sheila Grande Mulki
AMMAN, JORDAN - The girl who dreamed of being a princess grew up to live the life of a queen. Sheila Grande Mulki, 63 left us unexpectedly and way too soon on August 15, 2020. She passed at her home with her loving husband Hani and son Fawzi by her side.
Sheila met her prince while working at the Registrar’s Office at RPI, where he was attaining his PhD. It was love at first sight. While her friends were focused on their careers, Sheila was pursuing her dream. Upon his graduation, Hani swept Sheila off her feet and they moved to Jordan to live a life most only dream of.
They married in Amman in 1980 and Sheila began a new international life as wife, mother, and diplomatic traveler. She was the CEO of her household and took charge of all the details a diplomat’s wife attends to. She was a gracious hostess to dignitaries from around the globe. Her impeccable taste and an eye for style kept her and Hani busy with many “Martha Stewart” home design projects. A treasure to family and friends, Sheila would come home for extended visits to be with her family stateside in the Capital Region. Generous to a fault, Sheila would arrive for these visits with a suitcase of gifts for everyone. While living abroad, Sheila stayed in touch with life in the states with her daily phone calls with her sister. She was a great caregiver, and her exuberant spirit, compassion and ever-present smile buoyed all those whose lives she touched.
Sheila was richly blessed by a husband who truly and deeply loved her, two brilliant and accomplished sons and daughters in law of whom she was so proud, a grandson who warmed the very being of her soul, her two brothers and her confidant and sister. Her zest for life will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Sheila was born, raised and educated in Troy New York, graduated from Troy High School, Class of 1974, and attended Mildred Elley Business School. She is survived by her lifelong best friend and adoring husband His Excellency Dr. Hani Mulki, former Prime Minster of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, her sons Dr. Fawzi Mulki (Dana) of Jordan, Dr. Ramzi Mulki (Dr. Basma) currently of Alabama, her grandson Hani Mulki, her sister Pam Tobin (Tim) of Colonie, and brothers Pete Grande and Mark Grande both of Troy. She is also survived by her sister in laws Maha, Suha, Samar and several nieces and nephews. Her parents Humbert and Marilyn (Ingraham) Grande preceded her in death.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm at City Harvest Family Church, 585 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Due to the COVID restrictions, wearing masks and social distancing apply while in the church.
During this celebration of life, friends and relatives are encouraged to honor Sheila’s life and spirit by sharing a memory of how she impacted their life. Your cherished heartfelt moment, funny memory or whatever is on your heart that offers a glimpse into the life of Sheila will be sincerely appreciated by her family and all those in attendance.
Sympathy cards for the family can be sent in ℅ Pam Tobin, 66 Sunset Blvd., Colonie, NY 12205 and will be forwarded to her family in Jordan.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sheila’s name may be made to King Hussein Cancer Center, khcfusa.org.
Online remembrances may be made at www.mcloughlinmason.com
There is no space big enough to share all the memories and special trusting friendship of 40 years we shared Rest In Peace beautiful lady
Paula Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM
Love our years of FUN in Amman Jordan with our precious Sheila. So many good times :). Loved her NY accent and her love for The Bold and the Beautiful :). Sooooo many wonderful memories that I will alway cherish
Carrie Woodland Sep 12 2020 12:00 AM
Our mothers were best friends, so we were raised together. So manyMemories. Sheila taught me how to swim when I was a little one. Come to find out , she also taught my husband to swim. That was about 50 plus years ago!!!! MyMom was so excited whenever Sheila would come home with the boys! Because her best friend Marilyn was beside herself!! Mert was so proud of those boys and Sheila and Hani. Many memories growing up with you all. Love you.
Kelly Burke Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM
I was 13 years old back then who weighed 170 pounds , looking at myself in the mirror with tears in my eyes , while trying to fit into those skinny pairs of jeans with no avail , calling myself a fat cow and sinking in self guilt , until Sheila appeared with her warm hug and usual greeting hey sweetheart , reminding me of how beautiful I am and how blessed we all are to have a full plate on our table , she offered me one of her delicious chocolate chip cookies which she has just baked , promising not to offer any more until I lose those extra pounds , start a healthy living and fall in love with myself again.Thats when I started to appreciate the blessings god has given us and decided to make the best of every single day. Sheila was the loving aunt anyone would wish for , friendly , passionate , understanding and always willing to listen . She tried her best to blend into the family despite the multiple cultural differences and being away from home , she managed to gain everyones respect and leave good memories behind .You will be truly missed Sheila , May your soul Rest In Peace .My deepest sympathies go to the family and Friends .
Rasha Belbaisi (Mahas daughter) Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM
Rest In Peace girlfriend! I will miss your visits home, your genuine love and concern for people and your beautiful smile! Until we meet again!
Mary Bodenstab Sep 11 2020 12:00 AM
Sheila you were my first friend. I have a always thought of you as a brave loving and forgiving person.Always with a kind word for anyone you would meet. I enjoyed all the fun we had growing up. I loved your wonderful laugh and beautiful smile. Although we were oceans apart our hearts were always close and I knew you were a phone call away.Rest in peace my friend.To your Family we send our sympathy and prayers and our Love Mary & D.
Mary Ryan Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM
In my minds eye I clearly see us on our porch next to your house on Lavon Court and Sheila let me curl her hair and brush and style it. I wish we had iPhones then so I could post a picture. As always she looked beautiful. And Poppy my dad loved sharing time with Her first born when he visited. To your whole family we send condolences and hugs and may your memories and knowledge of how she is loved bring you smiles.
Su and Tom Cowieson Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM
When a friend's daughter was seriously injured and airlifted to Amman, Shelia generously assembled a team of professionals to care for her and the family. It was an unimaginable coincidence that Shelia was nearby and had the ability to help them in a way that brought comfort and healing to the entire family. Pam and family, please take comfort in a life well lived, a heart well loved, and know that she is at peace. Shelia, dance with the angels for you are one of them. Thoughts and prayers for your entire family.
MARGARET DEMARS Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Pam and family,I just read this beautiful tribute. What a dynamic lady. Although I didn't know Sheila, I felt like I did after reading this. May she rest in Peace and Glory. May your family find comfort in remembering the good times. - Cory Reed (former Capital Region resident, Jupiter, FL)
Cory Reed Sep 10 2020 12:00 AM
My sweet friend Sheila. It is difficult to sum up in a few sentences what you mean to John and Tessa and me. We loved you like a sister, friend and Aunt. We have so many wonderful memories together of growing up on Lavin Court and Park Blvd. The butterfly girls, Sha Sha, putting on carnivals, swimming in your pool, Listening to Three Dog Night in your basement. Frear Park, Beaman Park, The Red Barn and Snake-eyes. Then growing up and visiting you in Egypt. What a wonderful experience you provided Tessa and I. It was magical and unforgettable. We so looked forward to your visits home and couldnt wait to get together with you. You were always so gracious and kind.We loved being with you! We will miss you Sheila. Every time I look at the sky, every time I see the clouds, every time theres a rainstorm I will think of you. Godspeed sweet friend. Till we meet again. Love always,Eileen Connolly HickeyJohn and Tessa Hickey
Eileen Hickey Sep 9 2020 12:00 AM