DOWNEY - Rebecca R. Shea, a resident of Downey, passed away Dec. 16. She was 80.She was born Aug. 15, 1929 in McKeesport, Pa. She married James in 1953 and resided in Los Angeles until 1969, when they moved to Downey. As her children grew, Shea became involved with and volunteered for numerous organizations, including the PTA and the local Lawyers Wives Chapter. Shea was also involved in political fundraising and was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Santa Gertrudes Chapter, serving in various positions. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James; son, James Jr. (Yvonne) of Fountain Valley; daughters, Colleen (Allen) Baylis of Huntington Beach and Maureen (Joe) Fuszard of Laguna Beach; and grandchildren, Lisa De Tores, Richard Baylis, Rebecca Baylis, Shannon Fuszard, Sean Fuszard, Irene Shea and Justin Shea. A funeral Mass was held Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, followed by burial at Rose Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Shea's honor to the Diabetic Research Institute, www.diabetesresearch.org.
********** Published: December 25, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 35