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Mary E. Shea

Passed 02/19/2022

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Mary E. Shea

Passed 02/19/2022

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Obituary For Mary E. Shea

Mary Elizabeth Shea, age 77, passed away at home on February 19, 2022. She was the beloved daughter of Francis Shea and Clare Shea. A lifelong resident of Rockland, as were her parents and grandparents, Mary taught kindergarten in Rockland before finding her true vocation as a first grade teacher for over 40 years at Rockland’s McKinley and Memorial Park schools. She looked for and found the talents in each child she taught, believing that each child is special in a unique way, knowing that each child learns differently, and loving the moment when she knew that she had reached and unlocked each child’s potential. In retirement, she and her dearest friend, Barbara Shea, enjoyed traveling all over the world, but returned almost every year to Mary’s favorite place, the Hawaiian Islands. Mary exemplified kindness, compassion, and generosity. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at St. Francis Xavier church in South Weymouth. Visiting hours will be on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM in Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union Street, Rockland, Massachusetts 02370. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Carmelite Monastery (Boston Carmel), 61 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02119.

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  • 03/11/2022

    Miss Shea was one in a million! She was a warm and caring teacher who saw every child as an individual. She instilled self-confidence and self-worth into them while she taught them to do their best. Our daughters loved her and looked forward to going to school each day. They also loved the little phone conversations they would have with her to say "good night"! She always went above and beyond- best teacher ever! Thank you, Miss Shea from our entire family. The Bryants

  • 03/03/2022

    Miss Shea was my son Bill's kindergarten teacher in a very difficult year in our lives. She reach out to us and help him, giving him the best school experience. Miss Shea was one of Rockland's very best. Chris & Bill

  • 03/01/2022

    I remember Mary Shea when I was a first grader at Holy Family School and she was in the eighth grade. Back then eighth graders were given the responsibility of helping the first graders get acclimated to this big, scary school. It was evident then that Mary would be a wonderful, caring teacher. I'm sorry that she has passed on but my guess is that she will still be praying for all those whom she influenced in big ways and small as a teacher and as a friend.

  • 02/27/2022

    Hello, my name is Greg Banks for those who don't know me . For those that do, I am known as Gregory, because that's all Mary Shea would call me, and I was ok with that. There are not many people in this life that come into yours and leave such a lasting impact in your life. Mary for me and my family was one of those people. She always believed in me when others had their doubts. I would often fool around in the bathroom and would have to miss out on recess, but I didn't mind one bit because I got to stay inside to have extra time with her. I always look forward to her phone calls on Sunday, to offer advice and show support to my teaching career. She was my real life guardian angel, who always had my back. She was my favorite teacher, and she is the reason why I will continue to teach. I want to be able to make the impact on others the same way she has impacted my life. Mary you will be forever missed, and as we always end our phone calls. I love you too!! Greg Banks

  • 02/27/2022

    We are deeply saddened by the Loss of Mary - or as we called her -"Miss Shea". She was not only our son's 1st Grade teacher but much more than that. She treated him like her own son all these years later always calling to check in with Gregory or praying to the Carmelites for his next test or interview. Never missing the start of another school year calling to wish him good luck working with the kids he taught. There was always a phone call thanking him for doing the trash or checking on us if a car did not move for a few days from the drive-way. She was the kindest lady we have ever known and has been a part of our life all these years and we will never forget her and we will miss her and her phone calls so much. I could keep writing about Mary for days but as she would always say when she called "I won't keep you". God Bless you Mary in your stay in Heaven –RIP. Tom & Dianne Banks and family

  • 02/27/2022

    A Letter to Mary: What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose. How I remember with fondness the Saturdays that we, you, Debbie and I, and sometimes assorted cousins, spent climbing the big rock next to your house, running through the woods behind your house (sometimes being chased by disturbed bees), reading in the parlor, playing games at the dining room table, and finally just talking in the sunroom. It was there that you practiced the family tradition of being a teacher, a role you always took when we played school. We were tough students, giving you great practice which you used in the future. As I look back at these warm memories of that young strong girl, I know that this is how you will always remain in my mind. Love and Peace, Susan

  • 02/25/2022

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Shea family. She was absolutely a wonderful, sweet, and kind lady. Ms. Shea was one of my favorite teachers. God needed another angel. She will be dearly missed.

  • 02/24/2022

    50 years ago, we bought and moved into a home in Rockland, MA, a town about which we knew next to nothing. Over the years, we came to discover that the town had a lot going for it, not least of which was a very excellent school system, staffed by many tremendously dedicated and talented teachers at all levels, women and men who educated our children with enthusiasm and caring, instilling in them a love of learning that served them well throughout their elementary and high school careers and beyond. In a constellation of individuals who shone so brightly, it is always difficult to single out any teacher lest you seem less appreciative of other equally deserving ones and that is not my intention. However, it would be so wrong to not acknowledge the passing into eternal life of Mary Shea. In an era when parents first began to be on a first-name basis with their children's teachers, it never seemed stilted to address Mary as 'Miss Shea'. It was because she carried herself in a way that made you instantly recognize her as a teacher in the classic tradition of that profession. It certainly was not because she was stiff, or formal, or unapproachable. To the contrary, she was warm and caring to her students, attentive to their moods and needs, stimulating curiosity, cheerful, quick to smile and laugh, dedicated to her profession in all the best ways. She was such a genuine person and I don't doubt that her early involvement in their educational careers had an incredible impact on hundreds and hundreds of Rockland school children in the 40 plus years that she spent in those classrooms. From a parent, and I suspect on behalf of many other parents, thank you, Miss Shea! May you rest in peace and may your memory be eternal and be a blessing!

  • 02/24/2022

    What a disappointment! I was looking forward to our telephone visit in March. Well there is no time like the present. Lou and Barb called so I wouldn't hear about this some other way. Good thing too; I was think of giving you call. The last time we talked, my building was locked down because of omicron. It is opening on March 1. The next day we get inspected to see if we can keep our apartments tidy. It is a HUD rule. They don't want apartments under their contract to look slummy. Well I'm sorry I can't come to your funeral. Logistically it isn't feasible. I'll miss our chats. Love, Gail

  • 02/24/2022

    Mary Shea was my son Steven's first grade teacher. Steven was diagnosed with a health issue and learning disabilities during that year. Mary worked that year and many summers after 1st grade with Steven helping him with his reading always with patience and compassion all while boosting his ego with each minor success Steven has said more than once "Ms She believed in me before I believed in myself" Truly a very special teacher whom Im lucky enough to call a special friend many years later 💜

  • 02/24/2022

    Miss Shea was my son's first grade teacher. To all who had the pleasure of knowing her she was a shining example of kindness and compassion, She was dedication to every child in her classrooms, year after year and had embedded them all in her heart and memory. Even years after my son had left her classroom, whenever I ran into her in town, she always asked how my son was doing and seemed genuinely delighted with my responses. Miss Shea was the Betty White of teachers - so loved and will be terribly missed in this world. Katherine Young

  • 02/24/2022

    Whenever I'm asked who my favorite teacher was, without a blink the answer is "Mary Shea". She touched my heart so deeply. She taught me so much more than reading and math. She taught with a kndness and patience that is truly hard to re-create. She "looped" with me from Kindergarten to Grade 1 allowing for her to truly get to know and understand my little brain. My favorite days were when Katy Foley and I would stay after school and play games with her and organize her room. I visited her home a handful of times throughout my elementary years and loved listening to Mary and her mother play the piano. Some 20 years later I was blessed to teach with Miss Shea at my first job where she offered the same kindness and patience that she had some 20 years prior. I haven't met many others like her, and I truly never will. There was only one Mary Shea and I'm grateful for the influence she had on my life. I know I am not alone in that feeling. RIP Miss Shea.

  • 02/24/2022

    Miss Shea, You we're a gift to the Rockland Schools! You guided our young children with enthusiasm and love. They in turn both admired and love you.,and couldn't wait to come to school each day. Your warm smile and beautiful caring spirit will always be remembered. God Bless You, Paul and Barbara Fournier and Family

  • 02/24/2022

    I had the great pleasure of working with Mary for many years. She was a wonderful teacher and colleague. I think the one thing that was so wonderful about her was her beautiful smile and gentle laugh. She loved what she did, and she especially loved the children. She was patient, kind, and devoted. She was truly loving and she will be missed.

  • 02/23/2022

    An earth angel. A dear, sweet lady touching hundreds of children's lives. Rest In Peace and bless you.

  • 02/23/2022

    Miss Shea was my first grade teacher at Memorial Park and I owe her a GREAT deal. Given what she did for my life, which could've gone differently. I wasn't the greatest student, partly because I was a kid with a short attention span but I also had a learning disability that could make it difficult. When kids were off celebrating recess, I was being tutored by her. But with her guidance, she had my back from making sure I was given the necessary schoolwork to advance. More importantly however, it was advising my parents as they had to navigate the administrative terrains for children with learning disabilities. I only wish she knew that had she not intervened, I wouldn't have gone onto become a voracious reader nor graduated college with honors. It's obvious she had quite an impact on me, given I still remember her 35 years later. I'll always remember her classroom, its layout and its easy access to the recess area. But more importantly, I'll always remember her teaching in front of the class: her compassion and knowledge on full display to teach students fortunate enough to have her as their instructor. That candle would represent the colors of my college, where I graduated with honors. Miss Shea undoubtedly played a large role in that personal achievement. Thank you, Miss Shea.

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