Susan (Shea) Purdy
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Purdy, Susan (Shea)
Susan Gale (Shea) Purdy, 74, of Haddam, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Lawrence, MA, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Nancy (Meikle) Shea.
Susan lived in Haddam for twelve years and was a member of First Congregational Church of Haddam. She graduated from Simsbury High School and was employed at Manchester Community College for fifteen years. Susan raced cars in her younger years, was an avid reader, loved boating and Martha's Vineyard. She had a deep love for animals which showed through in her passion for rescuing dogs and cats. She enjoyed walking, especially with her dogs in the State Parks. Above all, Susan's grandchildren were everything to her.
Susan is survived by two sons, Jeffrey J. Purdy and his wife, Katie of Southington and Brian W. Purdy and his wife, Amy Jacques-Purdy of Haddam; a brother, Douglas Meikle and his wife, Susan and niece, Claire Meikle, all of Oxford, OH and five grandchildren, Jack, Ryan, Reese, Samuel and Andrew Purdy.
Along with her parents, Susan was predeceased by her husband of seventeen years, George J. Purdy.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Haddam, 905 Saybrook Road, Haddam. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Family and friends may call on Friday, February 1st from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan's memory may be made to Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Southington, CT 06489-1058. To share memories or send condolences, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.

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Published in Middletown Press on Jan. 28, 2019.
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January 21, 2021
Sleepover at the Meikle's home in our senior year.
Dear Doug, Jeff, Brian and the entire family. How I wish I could have reached out to you in person, but I was in FL last year for six weeks. I was in the process of making Susan a Figit Blanket at the Creative Club House where I was staying with my sister. The blanket was for patients to have something to do while they sat. Zippers to open and close, buttons, sewn on dolls etc. I continued to finish it, even after I learned of Susan's passing. I will donate it to a lady I know of who is cared for by a family member. I know how much I miss her and can only imagine how much you and the grandchildren miss her. I'm sure there are many happy memories for one and all to keep cherished in your hearts. L to R in the photo: me, Merrilyn Wilcox, Susan, Sophia Sliwa's head, Carolyn Eib and Liz MacDonald.
Merle Wilcox
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February 3, 2019
Our heartfelt sympathy to all of the Purdy family. Our times together, though limited, was special and a blessing. The holidays and cruise and parties had many special memories with Sweet Sue. Love and prayers John and Bonnie Larkin
Bonnie latkin
February 1, 2019
Dear Jeffery, Brian and her family. When I was hired at Manchester Community College to run the music program, so much was new and unfamiliar. Sue became a beacon of light each day I came to work. Her smile, kind words, witty, smart comments and advice were a lifeline during the first few years of my employment. Her life was a blessing to me. Due to recent foot surgery, it will be a bit difficult to make the scheduled services. Know that my prayers are with you all!

Deborah Simmons, Ed.D.
Deborah Simmonsd
January 31, 2019
Dear Jeffrey, Brian, and Families,

We send our love and compassion in this time of sorrow. Your mom holds a cherished place in our hearts. Our young families truly grew up together on Brookside Lane, spending nearly every day together, in your house or ours. Side by side your mom and I held our babies in our arms, walked you in your strollers, strapped you into our bike seats, watched you play, and later, as you became more independent, always kept our doors open to meet whatever needs arose. Even then, your mom and I were usually sitting together talking away the hours. As young mothers we shared our deepest hopes that our children would grow into the strong and caring adults you are today. We laughed at all the foolishness that made life fun. We shared our fears and sorrows when we sought each others support. In each other we witnessed the deep love we felt for family, and that bonded our friendship forever. The Kemp Family will always treasure the dear memories of our true and trusted friend. You had a beautiful mom, and, with you, we celebrate her generous and gracious life.

- David, Judy, Greg, and Molly
January 31, 2019
Dear Jeffrey, Brian, and Families,

We send our love and compassion in this time of sorrow. Your mom holds a cherished place in our hearts. Our young families truly grew up together on Brookside Lane, spending nearly every day together, in your house or ours. Side by side your mom and I held our babies in our arms, walked you in your strollers, strapped you into our bike seats, watched you play, and later, as you became more independent, always kept our doors open to meet whatever needs arose. Even then, your mom and I were usually sitting together talking away the hours. As young mothers we shared our deepest hopes that our children would grow into the strong and caring adults you are today. We laughed at all the foolishness that made life fun. We shared our fears and sorrows when we sought each other's support. In each other we witnessed the deep love we felt for family, and that bonded our friendship forever. The Kemp Family will always treasure the dear memories of our true and trusted friend. You had a beautiful mom, and, with you, we celebrate her generous and gracious life.

- David, Judy, Greg, and Molly
January 30, 2019
I worked for her for several years.She was always so kind,every time I would come to clean her house she would greet me with a hug.I always thought of her as a friend and never a customer. I know shes is resting peacefully with God.
marta martins
Friend
January 30, 2019
Anna Sullivan
January 29, 2019
Dear Doug and family,

Sending my Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. Susan and I were very close for years and I will miss my phone calls to her. I will remember her laugh and the good times we had together, many years ago. I got to see Susan and her Mom when Susan would bring her in for a dental cleaning. We'd get to sit and talk and was always great to see Nancy again. The memories of sleepovers at the Meikle's and Nancy and her special French toast, was always the best. We always had a good time and laughs. Know that you're all in my prayers. I sent a message to Jeff and Brian and forgot to sign it. Dated Jan 28th. May happy memories bring a smile to your face. She was loved by many. I won't be able to attend the service as I flew to FL on Jan 22nd and won't return til end of February. I will be there with you in spirit. Susan is now an angel and may she know and feel the Warmth of God's Love.

Merle MacCallum Wilcox
New Hartford, CT
January 28, 2019
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January 28, 2019
Dear Jeff, Brian and your families, May I offer my Deepest Sympathy to all of you. Susan and I were high school classmates and her birthday was two days before mine. I'd call her and tease her on her birthday, telling her she was two days older than me! We'd rehash old memories and laugh. The last time we spoke, I told her that classmates (I gave her names) had sent her a big hello and she laughed and said I was taking her back to high school. Was good to hear her laugh and to know she remembered all these people. She told me she loved me and I also told her I loved her. We had a good last talk. She always told me how wonderful her two sons were to her and how much she loved you both and your wives were as precious as daughters. Then the grandchildren came along and she was over the moon! Susan was a wonderful friend and I will miss her. May Susan Rest in Peace and also know and feel the Warmth of God's love and know the Peace that passes all understanding. May happy memories please bring a smile to your faces. She loved you all to pieces, that I know. I know she's at peace and one day we'll get to talk again. She passed away the day I flew to Florida for six weeks and am sorry I will not be able to attend the service for her. Please know I'll be there in spirit with you.
January 28, 2019
Sue,

What a beautiful photo.

I sadly say goodbye to you.

I remember so dearly, the connection we shared on the cruise.

You spoke of the memory, each time we saw each in subsequent family events.

Thank you for the happiness you brought to those who loved you.

May you forever rest in peace.

With love and respect,
Kathleen
January 27, 2019
I am truly and deeply sorry for your Loss. My warmest condolences go out to the family and friends of Susan. May the God of all comport Grant you peace and strength during this difficult time (Psalm 91:11).
M C
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