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PLAISTOW, NH - Elizabeth J. "Betty" (Richard) Shea, R.N., 87, of Sunapee, and formerly of Plaistow, died Sunday, January 28, 2018, at New London (N.H.) Hospital.
Born, raised, and educated, in Haverhill, daughter of the late Henry V. and Dora (Quinn) Richard, she was a member of the Haverhill High School class of 1948, and received her degree in nursing, in 1951, from the Saint John's Hospital School of Nursing, Lowell. She worked as a maternity nurse for 20 years at the former Hale Hospital, in Haverhill.
A resident of Plaistow for 64 years, Mrs. Shea was a member of Mary Mother of the Church of Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish of Newton, and a member of the parish choir, and a former accompanist for weekend Masses. She was also a 20-year member of the Committee for Plaistow Cub Scout Pack 18.
Mrs. Shea enjoyed knitting, and was a blue ribbon winner at the Topsfield, Deerfield, and Fryeburg fairs and shared her knowledge and love of the craft by holding classes at the Plaistow Library, and the Haverhill Senior Center. She enjoyed music, especially patriotic marches, and was an avid Red Sox, and New England Patriots fan. She enjoyed traveling, long trips by car at a moment's notice and hosting the Shea Family Cookouts, and other celebrations, at her home on Main Street.
Predeceased by her husband, Henry M. Shea, in 2015, and her son, Michael H. Shea, in 1994, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by a daughter, Anne E. Yates, of Andover, N.H.; grandchildren, Jennifer A. Richardson, and her husband, Alan, of Bradford, N.H., and Matthew S. Shea, of Plaistow, a great-grand-daughter, E. Paige Richardson, of Bradford; and nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her sister, Arlene Chandler.
Relatives and friends are invited to Mrs. Shea's Life Celebration to be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow. Her funeral will begin on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Mary, Mother of the Church of Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish, 12 Amesbury Road, Newton, NH. Burial will follow in Saint James Cemetery, Haverhill, Mass. Donations in her name may be made to the Plaistow Firemen's Association, Elm St., Plaistow. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.brooksidechapelfh.com.
Published on January 29, 2018
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