Margaret M. (Collins) Shea, age 96

of Quincy

Margaret M. (Collins) Shea, age 96

Margaret M. (Collins) Shea, age 96, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Life Care Center of Plymouth.

Margaret was born in Quincy, to the late Daniel and Hannah (Dennehy) Collins. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1943.

She had spent many summers in Wilmington at her family’s cottage and later enjoyed summers in Plymouth and many winters in California.

As a young woman, Margaret was employed as a clerical worker for the John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston. Later, she worked for the Quincy Public Schools in the lunch program. She had been retired for many years.

Margaret was a former member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post #294 Ladies Auxiliary, the Saint Mary’s Church Senior Citizens Club, the Saint John the Baptist Church Senior Citizens Club, and Friends Forever.

She served as a volunteer at Hancock Park in Quincy for several years.

Beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Shea, Captain, Quincy Police Department, Retired.

Devoted mother of Maureen A. Shea and her longtime companion Rick Andersen of Fillmore, Calif., and the late Arthur W. Shea, Jr. and his late wife Carol A. Andrews.

Loving grandmother of Dakota Daniel Andersen Shea of Fillmore, Calif.

She was proud to have maintained an over eighty-year friendship with two childhood friends from Wilmington, El Doyle and  Helen Carver.

At the request of the family, memorial services will be celebrated at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. Margaret’s late husband, Arthur, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and this was a meaningful cause to her.

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  • Maureen,

    I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I talked with her several times after my mom passed away but was unable to reach either her or you the last time I tried. I think about your Mom often. She was a wonderful woman and a wonderful friend to my Mom. I wish I was able to talk with her one more time. She will truly be missed and I will think of her with love. Rest In Peace Peggy. I’m sure you and Mom are dancing up a storm❤️💔❤️💔❤️

  • I will miss doing Pegs hair at Sunrise. She was a wonderful caring woman. Hugs and prayers to all of her family for this loss.

  • Dear Maureen Sorry for your loss I enjoyed taking care of your Mom at Sunrise She was so sweet and she loved those birds May she rest in heavenly peace🙏🙏🙏