Judith Beverly Shea 84 of Northampton passed away Thursday April 4, 2019 with her family at her side. She was born June 13, 1934 in Northampton, the daughter of George Arthur Ramsden and Annetta Ruckman Ramsden, living part of her early life in New Haven, CT. Our Baystate beauty attended Northampton Schools and was a 1952 graduate of Northampton High School. Judy spent her childhood summers living with her beloved Nana Rose Ruddeforth Ruckman and John Stanley Ruckman, and enjoyed swimming in the Mill River. She married her High School sweetheart Bernard Francis Shea. She was a homemaker and employed as a Stanley Home Products salesperson, as well as an insurance agent and a personal care provider, retiring several years ago. Her legacy was as Mom, and Grandma Mimi, who instilled us with manners and respect. She taught all of us how to walk, talk, eat, sing, to pick flowers and rocks, and so much more! Judy was a life-long dog owner, enjoying Happy, the best dog ever, until the end.
Judith was a loving mother to two sons, Bernard F. Shea Jr (Chuck) and wife Lisa of Southampton, John Shea and wife Shelley of Chicopee, four daughters, Wendy Menatti and husband Michael of Lee, Judith Shea of Northampton, Katy Berube and husband Mark of Easthampton, and Heidi Shea Andrade and husband Joe of Florida. Mimi cherished her 14 grandchildren, Jillian, Lindsay, Jack, Jake, Jessica, Shawn, Nathan, Shenice, Darius, Chauntelle, JP, Sierra, AJ, and Shealyn, and 10 great-grandchildren, Mykala, Cayenne, Fallyn, Sa’Niye, Savior, Jonathan, Naihmond, Jaylen, Nakiah, and Jude. She was predeceased by her life partner Michael D. Over and her half-sister, Joanne Romanoff Hynd.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Care One for the loving support and comfort they provided Judy this past year. Donations can be made to Care One Northampton Activities, or the Alzheimer's Association.
Friends may call at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton Thursday April 11, from 4 to 7 pm (www.mitchellcofuneralhome.com). There will be a private burial at Spring Grove Cemetery.
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