Dr. Sheila Stewart Doom, 78, of Arden, NC moved on from this earth to her eternal home, trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ alone for her salvation, Wednesday, January 3rd, at 6:40 PM at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC after fighting heart failure for ten preceding weeks.
During her 78 years she was a missionary, a History and English school teacher, an author, a pastor's wife, a ghost writer, a bookstore proprietor, a traveling public speaker and a counselor and mentor to thousands of young people around the world. Sheila was born in 1939 in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England. Her mother, Ruth Mahan Stewart (Fajfr) of Birmingham, Alabama, and father, James Alexander Stewart of Glasgow, Scotland, were prolific authors, missionaries and public speakers in their own right. After the Second World War and James' stint in the British Foreign Service, Sheila's parents moved to Asheville because the mountains reminded James of his beloved Scotland. From then on it would be a place she would always consider home and repeatedly return to with great anticipation, her eyes scanning for Mt. Pisgah as soon as she was in range of it.
After graduating from Lee Edwards High School, in Asheville, NC, Sheila attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and later graduated from there with honors. It was there she met her future husband and fellow missionary Robert (Bob) Ray Doom. They were married in 1963 and spent the next 12 years as missionaries in Scotland. In 1975 they left the Baptist church plant, home and Christian bookstore in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved back to Asheville, NC where Bob would assume the leadership of three ministries for his ailing father-in-law.
Over the next 42 years Sheila traveled with her husband to countless countries and states ministering especially to women and young people. She ran their bookshop, the Christian Bookshop, on Haywood Road for over 30 years. She taught high school English and History at Faith Christian School in Hendersonville, NC. She authored two books and was a ghost writer for two other books and later received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Georgia Baptist College. During the summers she taught at Christian youth camps and through the years maintained correspondence with scores of young people seeking advice and direction in their lives. She had just celebrated her 54th wedding anniversary two weeks before her death. Her hobbies were taking long brisk walks (particularly up Mt. Pisgah!), reading, playing with her grandchildren, and maintaining a healthy correspondence of handwritten letters and cards and E-mails and texts to her friends and family all over the world. She was known as a sweet, kind woman who declined gossip and meanness. She was godly, patient, kind, cheerful and relentlessly optimistic. She had a heart full of love and spent hours each day in prayer for the world. She lived each day with joy and the expectation of a heaven to come.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Ray Doom. She also left behind her oldest daughter Susan Doom Jerby and spouse Brian Jerby, oldest son Robert McCheyne Doom and spouse Annette Jones Doom, youngest son James Stewart Doom and spouse Sara House Doom, and youngest daughter Jana Doom Rono and spouse Bernard Rono. Sheila had thirteen grandchildren who were a constant joy to her. They are Alexandra Jerby, Jonathan Jerby, Evangelia Jerby, Jessica Jerby, Micayla Doom, Heather Jerby, McCheyne Doom, Gracie Jerby, Eryn Jerby, Haddon Jerby, Nathaniel Jerby, Samuel Jerby and Ruby Rono. She was survived by her sister, Sharon Stewart Wilkerson, and her spouse Benny Wilkerson. She was pre-deceased by her brother, James Stewart of Birmingham, England. Her mother Ruth remarried later in life to Vladimir Fajfr of the Czech Republic, and Sheila considered her step brothers and step sister, Daniel, Mark, and Jana Fajfr, to be her siblings. She is survived by them and their spouses and children as well.
She was a faithful member of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Arden, NC for 37 years, pastored by Lenny Rogers. The viewing will take place at Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Road, Asheville, NC, Saturday, January 6th, at 1:00 PM, followed by the funeral at 2:00. All arrangements will be undertaken by Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. In lieu of flowers donation gifts can be sent to Global Baptist Missions, PO Box 6068, Asheville, NC 28816 for a building, housing a Baptist church and education facilities, in Cairo, Egypt, where she was scheduled to speak before the onset of her heart failure. She requested that her funeral be a joyous celebration instead of a solemn affair.