Meredith B. Shea, 79

PARSONSFIELD — Meredith B. Shea, 79, of Kezar Falls, died peacefully on Dec. 21, 2015, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough after a brief illness.

She was born in Boston, on May 11, 1936, a daughter of Laurence and Frances (Peterson) Barnes. She attended Westwood, Mass., schools and graduated from Westwood High School in 1954.

Meredith worked in the office as a bookkeeper for Plymouth Rubber, Allied Container and Bursaw Oil Company, all in Mass. She also owned her own antique shop out of her home in Beverly, Mass. After moving to Maine, she worked for Newell and Smith Insurance Co. in Gorham, and Fox and Ginn Trucking Co. in Scarborough. She had also owned and operated the Molly Stark Motel in Brattleboro, Vt., along with her husband, John, for several years.

Meredith and John traveled extensively for the next several years with their fifth-wheel R.V. Always finding work along the way, they would stay for several months at a time in certain places. They especially enjoyed their summer working at Yellowstone National Park. They moved to Parsonsfield, full-time in 2000. She has been very active with the Parsonsfield/Porter Historical Society, and volunteered when she could with various Kezar Falls organizations.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John T. Shea, in 2005. Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Blatchford and husband Peter of Carver, Mass., and Laura Littlefield and husband Darryl of Naples; two sons, Douglas Shea and wife Diane of Cornish, and David Shea of Sebago. A sister, Jocelyn Tripp of Foxborough, Mass.; eight grandchildren: Douglas Shea, Donna Estes, Dana Shea, Darryl Nicholas Jr., Kerri Mazerall, Jacob Shea, John Belliveau and Christopher Belliveau; also two nieces, Cynthia Holmes and Vicki Lowe, and several loving great-grandchildren.

Meredith's family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Maine as well as Sandy's Angels for their kind and compassionate care.

An hour of visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, from 1 to 2 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home, 71 Maple St., Cornish. Her burial will be private at the National V.A. Cemetery in Bourne, Mass., next to her husband. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.wnyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gosnell Hospice House, c/o Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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