Eileen Shea

Eileen Shea

Sunday, April 25th, 1948 Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

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Obituary for Eileen Mason Shea

On September 23, 2020, Eileen Mason Shea died at her home as a result of complications from gallbladder cancer. Eileen was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 25, 1948, to Margaret and Jesse Mason, and carried deep pride in her Brooklyn roots. She married David Shea, also of Brooklyn, in 1970. Beloved mother to Kathleen (Craig) of Washington, DC, Chrissie of Washington, DC, and Tim of Charlottesville, VA, Eileen raised her family in Gaithersburg, MD and made a meaningful impact in her adopted hometown. Eileen was a tireless advocate and found her passion in civic involvement and championing educational causes. She founded the G-SHARP program in 2001 and brought connection and empowerment to countless students. Honored in 2006 as Gaithersburg’s Citizen of the Year, Eileen held herself and those around her to the highest standards in pursuit of improvement, equality, and opportunity for all.
Eileen’s world revolved around her three granddaughters, Emma (11), Claire (9), and Molly (6), and they routinely embarked on both travel adventures and local escapades together. Eileen was devoted to her younger brother, Edward Mason, of Brooklyn, NY; she was predeceased by her older sister, Carol Brown (Bob) of Colorado Springs. Eileen is also dearly missed by her nephew, Kevin Brown (Wendy) and her niece, Bonnie Flandrau (Pete), as well as her beloved Eric and Lauren Flandrau.

A celebration of Eileen’s life will be planned at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Southern Poverty Law Center, Brothers Academy, St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families, and any campaigns seeking to promote social justice and the advancement of progressive causes.

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    Arlington National Cemetery
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Meg Baker

Dear Eileen's family, I was saddened to learn of Eileen's passing. She and I collaborated on many adult and youth substance use prevention presentations and activities way back in the 90's and early 2000 through the now defunct Safe and Drug Free Schools initiative. We had numerous conversations about parenting techniques and the youth trends at the time. The memories remain even though my husband and I moved to NH in 2017. May you have many fond memories and stories to share with each other. Respectfully, Meg Baker
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Kevin J Brown

The Shea Family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother, matriarch & an Awesome Aunt. In our thoughts & prayers.Love Kevin & Wendy
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Kelly Vezzi Nicklas

Sending the Shea family my deepest condolences. I knew Eileen as this wonderful loving pre-school teacher to my children at Epworth Preschool. She wrapped all those children up with her love and beautiful smile. I can see here that was only a small part of her wonderful story! May all your memories comfort you. Kelly Vezzi Nicklas
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