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“So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. I knew her through Emblem Club many years ago. She was an incredible woman. I'm happy her and her beloved...Read More »
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“Dear Fred, family and friends, I was privileged to work with Barbara for 20 years at MW hospital. She was a very special lady: always upbeat and...Read More »
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“My dear Fred - heartfelt condolences to you at this sad time. Mom and Dad became so close to Paul and I after us only knowing you for so long; I...Read More »
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“Dear Fred and family, I am saddened to learn of my co-worker and friend's passing. I started at MWH two weeks before she did; therefore, I was B1...Read More »
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“I don't know you I'm so Sorry to hear about your mother passing she is now Resting in peace may god be with you and your family You are all in my...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH

Mrs. Barbara M. (LaFave) "Betty" Shea, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Melrose Healthcare on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at age 94.

Born on October 2, 1924, she was one of two children of the late Frederick R. LaFave and Bertha M. (Von Schoppe) LaFave.

She worked as an administrative secretary at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for over 30 years, retiring in 1998. Barbara was also a longtime member of the Melrose Emblem Club #89.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Arthur F. Shea with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Frederick A. Shea of Melrose, Paul D. Shea of OR, and the late Daniel F. Shea. Dear sister of the late Frederick "Bud" LaFave. Also survived by her sister-in-law of Mary Margaret "Peggy" LaFave of Medford, and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather in honor of Betty's life for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8am before leaving in procession to St. Mary's Church, Herbert St., Melrose for her Funeral Mass celebrated at 9am. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.