Sherry L. Shea

 Sherry Shea, age 69, of Dartmouth, MA formerly of Fall River and Swansea, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 17, 2017.  Born in Skowhegan, ME she was the daughter of the late Harland and Pauline McGowan.  After graduating high school in Skowhegan, Sherry moved to Boston to attend the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing.  She was most recently employed by the ENT center of Rhode Island in Warwick. Sherry’s greatest joys in life were her family and friends.  Despite all her health challenges, she always thought of others before herself.  She never complained, but instead expressed gratitude for the life and time she was given. Sherry is survived by her devoted companion James Viara of Seekonk, her daughter Jennie (Shea) Gates and her husband Christopher of Dartmouth, her daughter Lindsey (Shea) Dempsey of Mansfield, and four grandchildren, Ella, Seth, Law, and Wyatt.  She also leaves two sisters, Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Pamela Burns, and one brother, Kevin McGowan, all from Skowhegan, ME.  Her funeral will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Teresa Church, 358 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket. Burial will be private. Calling hours Wednesday 4-8.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sherry’s honor to Friends of Dana-Farber, 450 Brookline Ave., SW 120, Boston, MA 02215.  www.Dana-Farber.org/friends