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Marian Shea, 88, Rye Senior Hall of Fame Inductee

RYE, N.Y. – Marian M. Shea of Rye died April 13. She was 88.

Shea was born Jan. 1, 1924 in Dobbs Ferry to the late Tomeo Mori Moto and Mary Worzar. She attended local public schools and entered Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in New York City after graduating from Dobbs Ferry High School.

While attending Manhattanville, Shea was a member of the Bronson Honor Society, a member of the class council, basketball and hockey teams and the Glee Club. She was also vice president of the Missionary Association. Shea graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in sociology.

After graduation, Shea worked in a publishing house and attended Columbia University to study Japanese. While at Columbia, she met her husband, James A. Shea, a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy.

After they married, the couple lived in New York City and later relocated to Westchester, settling on Brookdale Place in Rye. During her years in Rye, Shea became active with the Girl Scouts and was responsible for merging the many Girl Scouts small units into one regional council. For her work on the project, Shea was awarded the "Americanism Award" from the American Legion Post 128.

Shea was also active in the Ceres Garden Club and the Woman's Club. In between these two activities, she played bridge. She was also a member of Coveleigh Club in Rye and served as the chair of the Rye Senior Advocacy Committee aimed at helping seniors needing assistance. For this endeavor, she was inducted into the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services as a special inductee into the "Senior Hall of Fame" in 2004.

She was predeceased by her husband and is survived by nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Church of the Resurrection in Rye. Graham Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carver Center in Port Chester.

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