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Doris Marie Grace Tessier Shea died Wednesday, June 21st at Portsmouth, N.H. at age 90. Doris was the widow of Daniel Shea who predeceased her in 2010 and the daughter of Telesphore and Rose Plante Tessier.
Born in 1926 in Manchester, N.H., Doris attended local schools until 1939 when she enrolled at Villa Augustina Academy in Goffstown, graduating in 1944 after completing both Classical and French Academic courses. She married Daniel Edward Shea on April 10, 1948.
Mrs. Shea was a graduate of Notre Dame de Lourdes Hospital Nursing School (now Catholic Medical Center) in 1947 and enjoyed a long career as a Registered Nurse after her graduation. She worked first in Manchester and subsequently relocated with her family to Jaffrey, N.H. in 1953 where she worked as an RN at the Monadnock Community Hospital in neighboring Peterborough, N.H. She then served for 12 years as the Jaffrey-Rindge District School Nurse followed by 6 years of private duty nursing in Bedford, N.H. after which she retired in 1983.
In 1993 she and her husband moved to Portsmouth to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Doris dearly loved babysitting for her six grandchildren and was known to one and all as Memere. She enjoyed bowling, embroidery, spending time at N.H. beaches, playing cards with friends, doing crossword puzzles and walking her dog, Madeline. A die hard Red Sox fan, Doris enjoyed watching all sports on TV.

She leaves her four children, Denise Shea Doherty and husband, John of Andover, Patricia Lynn Bowlen and husband, Wayne of Portsmouth, N.H., Nicole Shea White and husband James of Dover, N.H., and Thomas Michael Shea and wife Allison of Jaffery, N.H. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Hannah, Casey, Emily, Elliot, Regan and Margaret; and six great-grandchildren, twins, Conner and Rion, Molly, Owen, Nora and Bridget.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, June 26 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer Street, Portsmouth. Burial will follow immediately at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Hampshire Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.
Published on  June 24, 2017
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