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Ellen F. Shea

November 14, 1934 — August 22, 2018

Ellen F. (Coppinger) Shea, age 83, passed away peacefully in the Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham, Massachusetts on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 14, 1934, she was the daughter of the late John and Bridget (Spillane) Coppinger. She was raised in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston and graduated from Saint Aidan's High School in Brookline with the Class of 1952. After graduation, Ellen took an operator's position with the New England Telephone Company.

Ellen married her beloved husband, Paul F. Shea, on September 3, 1956 in Boston. The young couple made their home together in Jamaica Plain, before settling in Norwood, first on Cranmore Road 1958 and later on Worcester Drive in 1965. Ellen left her position at the phone company, taking on the role of a homemaker, raising and caring for her young family. As her children grew up, Ellen returned to the working world, taking a position with the Norwood Veterinary Office, working as a receptionist in 1976. She later took a receptionist position with Roslindale Pediatrics, where she worked for more than 20 years before her retirement in 1989. After her retirement, she and Paul settled into their dream house in Yarmouthport on Cape Cod, where Ellen took a hands-on approach with all of the decorating.

In her spare time, Ellen was an avid quilter, and loved giving her beautiful works to her family. She also enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and trying new recipes that she learned from the latest cooking shows. Ellen loved taking trips with her husband, Paul, and the two traveled the world together. Back at home, Ellen loved hosting her family at her Cape house, and looked forward to Christmas Eve, when all of her children, grandchildren, and family dogs would spend the night in her home.

Beloved wife of the late Paul F. Shea.
Loving mother of Mary Ellen Caro of Alexandria, Virginia, Elizabeth A. Paisner of Dover, Paul M. Shea of Atkinson, New Hampshire, Patricia J. Hilts of Walpole, Brian J. Shea of Medway, and Joanne M. Mey of Medway.
Cherished grandmother of Michael, David, Teresa, Alex, Ian, Connor, Sean, Suzanne, John, Natalie, Lauren, and Brendan.
Sister of Mary McGinnis of Norwood, John Coppinger of Hingham, and the late Elizabeth Morrissey.
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Ellen's Life Celebration on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. An hour of visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM in the Chapel of the Bethany Healthcare Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated in the Chapel at 10:15 AM. Interment will be private at the request of Ellen's family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Bethany Health Care Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham, MA 01702.

  • Life Celebration

    Monday, August 27
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    James H. Delaney and Son Funeral Home

    48 Common Street
    Walpole, MA
    (508) 668-1960

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 28
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Chapel of the Bethany Healthcare Center

    97 Bethany Road
    Framingham, MA

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, August 28
    10:15 AM

    Chapel of the Bethany Healthcare Center

    97 Bethany Road
    Framingham, MA

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Past Services

Burial

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

10:00 - 1:15 am (Eastern time)

Erwin Memorial Park

W. A Street, Erwin, NC 28339

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

10:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Skinner & Smith Funeral Home

905 Erwin Rd., Dunn, NC 28334

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Visitation

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

10:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Skinner & Smith Funeral Home

905 Erwin Rd., Dunn, NC 28334

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