Sunday, September 21, 2008

100+ years

My great-aunt who recently turned 100 (see previous blog) passed away on Friday. Although she will be missed, she lived an amazing life full of vigor, love and sucess!

Helena (Hogan) Shea

SHEA, HELENA (HOGAN) 'PAT', age 100, of Greenwich Farms Assisted Living passed away Friday at Kent County Hospital. Born in Ballyea in Inagh, County Clare, Ireland she was the daughter of the late Mary and Patrick Hogan and came to the United States in 1909 settling in Providence.

She lived in Cranston for many years before moving to Warwick. She graduated magna cum laude from Pembroke College and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She received her masters degree from Brown University in Psychology and had completed work towards her PhD from Boston University.

During her career she was a teacher, chief clinical psychologist with the state's department of MHRH division of alcoholism and served as the state alcoholism coordinator.

She was a member and former president of the Pembroke College Alumnae Association, a trustee of the Pembroke College Fund and it's national chairman for 10 years. She was the second woman to receive the Brown Bear Award, and a former member of the Dunes Club.

She is survived by her sister in law Shirley F. Hogan, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her four siblings predeceased her, Mary Hogan Kelly, Kathleen Flanagan Sweeney, John P. Hogan MD, and Thomas J. Hogan Esq. She was the wife of the late Frank Shea Esq.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 9:00am in St. Mark's Church, Garden City, Cranston. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Visitation will be held on Sunday (TODAY) from 4-6pm in The Butterfield Chapel, 500 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston. In lieu of flowers donations to the Hogan Library Fund, C/O Providence College Alumni/Development Office Harkins Hall 109, Providence, RI 02918 or the Alzheimer's Association of Rhode Island, 245 Waterman Avenue, Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated.

Love, Kathleen