Lynda Lee Mead

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Lynda Lee Mead
Lynda Lee Mead NYWTS.jpg
Lynda Lee Mead in 1960
Born (1939-04-17) April 17, 1939 (age 78)
Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.
Alma mater University of Mississippi
Occupation Businesswoman
Title Miss America 1960
Predecessor Mary Ann Mobley
Successor Nancy Fleming
Spouse(s) John J. Shea, Jr. (?-2015; his death)
Children 5

Lynda Lee Shea (née Mead; born April 17, 1939) attended Natchez High School and the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and won the Miss America pageant in 1960.[1][2] Her immediate predecessor as Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley (the first Miss America from Mississippi), was Mead's sorority sister at Chi Omega.[3][4]


Mead married Dr. John J. Shea, Jr.;[when?] they have five children.[5]

Business life[edit]

Lynda Mead Shea is president of Shea Design & French Country Imports in Memphis, Tennessee.[6][7]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ "1960". Time. September 21, 1959. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  3. ^ Morris, David Rae (2000). My Mississippi. University Press of Mississippi. p. 49. ISBN 9781617034398. 
  4. ^ Eagles, Charles W. (2009). The Price of Defiance. University of North Carolina Press, 2009. pp. 8–9. ISBN 9780807832738. 
  5. ^ White, Stephanie Nerissa (March 31, 2013). "Dr. John Shea Presents his Professional Papers to the Memphis Public Library". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Lena (April 30, 1998). "HED:French Country plays dominant role in interior design". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Magnolia Hill: a dream realized atop a hill, crowning twenty beautiful rolling acres, the home of Mary and Sam Haskell pays homage to faith, family, and friends.". Mississippi Magazine. The Free Library. September 1, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mary Ann Mobley
Miss America
Succeeded by
Nancy Fleming
Preceded by
Margie Wilson
Miss Mississippi
Succeeded by
Betty Porter