Elizabeth “Betty” (Shea) Almeida of Danvers, passed away, surrounded by family, on July 21, 2016 at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a long illness. She was 78.
Born in Milton, MA to the late Patrick and Mary Shea, Betty graduated from St. Columbkille High School in Brighton, MA in 1956. She married her beloved husband, the late Leo Almeida, in 1965. They settledin Danvers and quickly became immersed in the town as their family grew.
While raising five children, Betty was active as a Camp Fire Girl leader, religious education instructor, class parent, and was elected to several terms as a Town Meeting Member for Precinct 2. Over these same years she earned an associate degree from North Shore Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern where she also completed graduate coursework in public administration. Employed at Danvers Town Hall for more than twenty years, she worked in the Town Clerk’s and Retirement offices and served as an AFSCME shop steward.
In retirement, Betty continued her service to the Town with her election to the Board of the Danvers Housing Authority. Her greatest joy came from her cherished grandchildren. Betty also enjoyed travel. With her late husband, she made many memorable excursions around New England and beyond. She traveled to Ireland with her sisters, to Germany with her daughters, and to Washington DC to visit her
children and grandchildren there.
She is survived by Amy Almeida of Cambridge, MA; Leo Jr. and Regina Almeida of Alexandria, VA; Beth Almeida and Christian Weller of Danvers, MA; John and Marcy Almeida of Danvers, MA; and Scott and Michele Almeida of Norwell, MA; John and Frances Shea of Danvers, MA; Mary and Brian Day of Holliston, MA; her ten cherished grandchildren, Audrey, Francesca, Lillian, Russell, Melinda, Sylvia, Ellen, Veronica, Heinrich, and Georgina; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Leo, and her sister, Margaret Shea, CSJ of Brighton.
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 South Main St. (Rt. 114), Middleton, MA, Monday, July 25, 2016, 2:00-4:00 or 6:00-8:00. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, July 26, 2016,10:00 at St. Richard’s Church, 90 Forest St., Danvers, MA followed by burial at Annunciation Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.
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