LAKE PLACID — Elizabeth Helen “Diddy” Shea, of Lake Placid, died on Feb. 7, 2009, peacefully in her sleep under the care of hospice at her home.
She was born Jan. 29, 1912 in Saranac Lake, the daughter of George and Helen Stearns. She was the wife of double Olympic gold medalist John “Jack” A. Shea.
She attended Saranac Lake schools before working for Western Union in Lake Placid, Syracuse and New York City, and was a relief operator all over the state. She worked in Shea’s Market and Francis Brewster Shop in Lake Placid. She was a member of St. Agnes Church and enjoyed knitting. An avid sports enthusiast, she enjoyed special moments of the 1932, 1964 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games. She was the wife of Olympic gold medalist Jack Shea, mother of an Olympian, James E. Shea, and grandmother of Olympic gold medalist James E. Shea Jr.
She is survived by three sons: John A. Shea Jr. and Stephanie of Lake Placid and Sanibel Island, Fla., James E. Shea and Judith, and Michael E. Shea, all of Lake Placid. She was the grandmother of eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, including William E. Kane, 11, Patrick J. Kane and Ryan S. Kane of Lake Placid.
She was predeceased by a son, Patrick J. Shea, two brothers and three sisters.
Calling hours will be at the Clark Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. A funeral service will be at St. Agnes Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 16. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Agnes Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Mrs. Shea may be made to High Peaks Hospice or the Shea Family Foundation in care of the Clark Funeral Home, which is making arrangements.