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Miriam Elizabeth Shea, 91, died on March 30, Good Friday. She was a 55-year resident of Yardley until 2009, when she moved to the Washington, D.C., area.
Born in Philadelphia to William and Ellen Hammond, she was senior class president of Kensington High School. She graduated from Penn State University and subsequently worked as a social worker in Philadelphia.

She married John Alfred Shea, while he was a student at William and Mary College, following his war service in the Marine Corps. She worked for an architect with Colonial Williamsburg Historical Restoration.

After moving to Yardley in 1955, she was a mother, homemaker, and manager of her husband's dental practice for nearly half a century.

She was active in civic and church volunteer service. She helped lead a polio vaccination campaign and a project to publicly recognize the town's colonial heritage. She served as a Cub Scout den mother and in the League of Women Voters. She brought a trademark enthusiasm and zest for life to all her endeavors.

Mrs. Shea was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisville, where she volunteered in teaching the Bible and helping the needy. In 2003, she received the Presbyterian Women Life Achievement Award for her faithful devotion to the church.

She enjoyed bicycling, swimming, skating, and hiking and was an avid walker in her 90s. She and her husband eagerly joined the first wave of American tourists to Europe's capitals with the advent of transcontinental passenger flights. On weekends she would navigate while Dr. Shea piloted a single-engine airplane. A favorite destination was their beach home on Kiawah Island, S.C.

She is predeceased by her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Nina Shea of Washington, D.C., her son, Peter, of West Orange, N.J., and five grandchildren, Thomas Meyerson, William Meyerson, Henry Meyerson, Maria Shea and Lillian Shea.

A Christian burial service will be held on April 6 at 12 noon at the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1680 Aquetong Road, New Hope, PA.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Morrisville Presbyterian Church and the Bucks County Audubon Society.

Family service by Swartz-Givnish Life Celebration Home

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  • Morrisville Presbyterian Church
    1680 Aquetong Road
    New Hope, PA
  • Bucks County Audubon Society

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323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940
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