Lynda Lee Mead

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Lynda Mead Shea
Lynda Lee Mead NYWTS.jpg
Lynda Lee Mead in 1960
Born (1939-04-17) April 17, 1939 (age 80)
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi
TitleMiss America 1960
PredecessorMary Ann Mobley
SuccessorNancy Fleming
John J. Shea, Jr.
(m. 1964; died 2015)

Lynda Lee Shea (née Mead; born April 17, 1939) is an American businesswoman and beauty pageant titleholder who was Miss Mississippi 1959 and Miss America 1960. Shea attended Natchez High School and the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority.[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. in 1964; they have three adult children.[5]

Business life[edit]

Shea is President of Shea Design & French Country Imports in Memphis, Tennessee.[6]


  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. ^ Tauber, Michelle; Neill, Mike; Russell, Lisa; Fowler, Joanne; Dam, Julie; Tresniowski, Alex; Miller, Samantha; Dougherty, Steve; Yu, Ting (October 16, 2000). "American Beauties: 80 Years". People.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Lena (April 30, 1998). "HED:French Country plays dominant role in Interior Design". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Retrieved May 30, 2014."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