Shea, Mary A. Born on May 23, 1915 in West Orange, New Jersey and raised in the Fordham Section of Bronx, N.Y., Mary graduated from the Academy of Mount St. Ursula in 1934. In 1941, Mary married Thomas A. Shea and they raised their eight children in the Inwood Section of upper Manhattan. Upon her retirement, Mary relocated to her daughter and son-in-laws home in Palos Verdes. Her joys in retirement were: quilting, book clubs, traveling and participating in a variety of activities at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Redondo Beach. Mary is survived by her eight children, daughter Anne Marie, husband Eugene; son Thomas, wife Victoria, daughter Alyse, husband George, son Jack, wife Wanda, son Paul, wife Mary, son Donald, wife Vicki, son James, daughter JoEllen, husband Les. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Marian Shea. Mary's life was enriched by her 14 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Spence, Susan Abramson, Dan Abramson, Kerry & Colleen Shaw, Ryan & Sean Shea, Erin & Kelly Shea, Caroline & Isabel Shea, Katelyn Shea, Bryan & Kevan Shipley. She also leaves 5 great grandchildren: Trevor, Charlie, Robert Dylan and Madeline. The Service will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 10:30 A.M. Interment will be at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Academy of Mount St. Ursula Scholarship Fund, 30 Bedford Park Blvd., Bronx, N.Y. 10458

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  1. Mary was a great lady. We shared cruises to Mexico and her visits to Washington. While Linda’s mother Vera was still alive, Mary and Vera shared a vacation condo in Hawaii and thoroughly enjoyed their nightly cocktails. They also went on a cruise to Hawaii together, Mary loved to talk and Vera enjoyed listening. Mary always livened up any occasion. We will remember all the fun times and miss her sense of humor.

  2. We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you in the Shea family and ask God to give you peace and comfort during this very sad time. Joan and Ed White

  3. I will always remember your keen sense of humor, your willingness to try anything and and cocktails on the patio. I couldn’t have asked for a better mother in law. I hope you and Mom are having a blast together in the next stage. Love, Vicki

  4. The the Shea family. My sincerest condolences. And the joy of Mary’s wonderful life. Thank you for sharing. Love Dougal

  5. The Lilly and Miranda families would like to extend our condolences to the Shea family. I know that your mom had to be a great lady because of the impressions that her children have made on the lives of others. May god bless your mom as she parties with her friends from the Mount in heaven. Academy of Mt. St. Ursula ’79 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?… Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day Thou art more lovely and more temperate Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometimes to hot the eye of heaven shines And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed; But thy eternal beauty shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men shall breathe or eyes can see, So, long lives this and this gives life to thee. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

  6. What I will always remember is the button on your face that, when pushed, let us all know that you were a beautiful lady. It is because of you that I always finish my salads – they taste horrible on the fifth day – and win at gin (except when playing Sean). We will all miss you and we will all take the leasons you taught us throughout the generations our family has on this earth. Love // Ryan

  7. I think the fondest memory of my Mom is some of the humor we shared. Thirty years or so ago I took her to the Caliente racetrack in Mexico. I don’t think she had ever made a bet in her life and I had all I could do to make her put down $2 on a horse. Finally she said OK, put it on the black one. So here they come out of the gate. As they make the final turn here comes her horse charging to the lead and crosses the finish line 20 lenghts in front of the others. Mom was going crazy…I WON, I WON! I had to break the news to her. “Mom,” I said,” there is a rule all over the world that when a horse crosses the finish line the jockey still has to be on the horse!” The jockey was thrown off at the gate. She swore that wasn’t fair and when I tried to explain that the horse had 126 less pounds on it’s back than the others she said that’s not her problem. And then there was the Del Mar race track. I took her towards the finish line and we passed a man with a set of rosary beads repeating over and over…”Number three, number three!” Mom tells me to put $2 on the three horse. Mom I told her, God bet the 5 horse. She was about to let me know she wanted the three and then she spotted Mickey Rooney and took off after him. Mom, at every race track as the horses make the final turn the track announcer yells into the microphone; “And here they come for home!” Your home now Mom. Give my love to Dad…Your son…Jack

  8. To the Shea Family, I met Don 30 years ago and shortly after met Mary. She was one of the most engaging parents I have met. She was warm, friendly,sharing, outgoing fun loving funny and always with a twinkle in her blue eyes. She was never afraid to try something new including me taking her for a motorcyle ride. We will miss you.


  10. While I never met Mary, she had to have been a priceless individual to have raised children like my dear friend Don Shea. May God enjoy her in his direct presence as all her family and friends did during her time on earth…..Gob bless, red cavaney

  11. Dear Mom: I have been searching for the right words to express the loss of a beautiful woman. You did the best you could for each and every one of your eight children. And were loved by all your Grandchildren. I was going to put in a quote from a famous Poet but decided to use my own words. I love you Mom and you will be missed. I wish I could lead you safely on your next journey so please accept these words as my love for you. Take my hand Come follow me Beneath this tree Our canopy. Take these words For our song. Take this heart Forever long. With Love forever. Your son…Jack

  12. Dear Mary, I know that you, Carmen and Bernice are together again celebrating the blessings of this past life and looking forward to being together again in the next! To Mary’s children and grandchildren, we send our condolences and love and can only say that we understand your profound loss, but know that you will all be together again someday! We loved Mary and have very fond memories of her!

  13. What a beautiful picture of a beautiful lady. You are a part of so many fond memories from my childhood…driving in the Granny-mobile, pretend hair salons, and “tap-tap-reserve.” I wish I could have visited more over the last few years. You were always in my prayers. I’ll miss you, Granny. Love, Erin Kathleen

  14. Such a beautiful picture and tribute to an amazing woman and Grandmother. I will always remember you Granny and treasure the special memories I have of you over the years. I miss you and love you. Love always, Kelly

  15. Dear Granny, I’m going to miss our games of gin. You always gave me some good competion. I love you Granny. You will be missed.

  16. Dearest Mom, How can I begin to thank you for all the gifts you offered me? It will take me forever to count the ways. Thanks for the special gifts of constant and reliable love, the sense of determination and deliberateness in action, for your easy smile, your loving blue eyes, your sweet laugh, your hard work, and for the peaceful gift of a gracious and dignified dying. Special thanks for the gift of family. I shall always treasure them all and enjoy your various qualities in all. Te adoro.

  17. Just wanted to let the whole family know how much we respected your mother and how thankful we are that we had the opportunity to know her. I will always remember sitting around the table with her having coffee and talking about ALL her children and how proud she was of all of them. Her wit and sense of humor kept her going strong for alot of years! Blessings to all the family Bonnie and Peter Goes

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