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Sonya T. Speen

Sonya T. Speen, 90, longtime resident of Framingham, entered into eternal rest on November 2, 2021. She was born in Boston, raised in Dorchester and lived in Framingham for over 60 years. Her husband of 61 years, Robert Speen, passed away in 2016.

Following her graduation from the Massachusetts College of Art, she embarked on a lifelong artistic career, first as a teacher, then as a graphic artist and fashion illustrator, working in department stores and advertising firms before starting her own STS Advertising commercial art and design business, working from home as a freelance artist for over 45 years until retirement. This allowed her to be home with her family while maintaining a thriving career. She was a longtime member of Temple Beth Am in Framingham, producing the monthly Temple newsletter for many years.

Sonya was a creative, artistic, flamboyant and loving soul. She loved fashion and the theater, attending shows in Boston as much as possible and discovering, in mid-life, her own affinity for singing and performing through work with a local theater group. She also loved spending time at her home on Cape Cod where she enjoyed gardening and mining antique shops throughout the Cape for hidden treasures and collectibles.

Most of all, Sonya adored her beloved son Jeff and his wife Trish, the center of her life. In addition to her son and daughter-in-law of Hopedale, MA, she leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom she cherished dearly, and her best friend Carolyn of Bradenton, Fl.

Graveside service to be held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA, Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 11:45 am. Family and friends invited to attend. Due to COVID concerns, the family will not be sitting Shiva. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sonya’s memory may be made to Temple Beth Am, 300 Pleasant St., Framingham, MA 01701.


A link to view the funeral service can be found here.


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