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Almeda R. Shea
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday at the Olympic Southern Baptist Church in Modesto for Almeda R. Shea, 71, of Modesto. She died last month at home surrounded by her family.

Allen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Born February 1940 in Rush Springs, Okla., to Theodore and Lorene Payne, Almeda came to California during the Dust Bowl in 1942. She spent her childhood and grammar school years in Orange Cove, moving to Visalia where she spent her high school years. In 1957 Almeda was married and settled in to start her family with the birth of her first child, the second would follow in 1959. She had an unwavering faith in God, and was a faithful member of the Olympic Southern Baptist Church in Modesto for more than 25 years. Aside from her family and church, Mrs. Shea took pleasure in reading, crossword puzzles, traveling road trips, and camping.

She leaves behind two children Jay M. Shea of Modesto, and Alameda Bartlett of Modesto; three sisters; seven grandchildren, Kristy Tucker and Juliana Shea, both of Modesto, Michael Shea of Oakland, and Randy Bartlett, Andy Bartlett, Jeremy Bartlett and Jennifer Bartlett, all of Ceres; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Bartlett, Madison Bartlett and Jaden Bartlett, all of Ceres, and Charlotte Tucker of Modesto. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

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-Ceres Courier/ May 4, 2011