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Betty Fay Shaw

March 19, 2014

Betty F. Shaw, a 28-year resident of Colville, passed away peacefully in her home on March 12, 2014 in Colville at the age of 91. She was born on August 28, 1922 on a farm near Atwood, IL to Vern Edward and Elsie Pearl (Horton) Reeder. Of English descent, Betty’s ancestors immigrated to Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey in 1686.
When she was 13, Betty lost her mother to tetanus. Following high school, she majored in English at Eastern Illinois University, where she met her husband James Shaw.
During World War II, Betty was a “Rosie the Riveter” while James served in the Navy. They married on January 13, 1944 and raised two children in Moweaqua, Illinois, a small farm town where James managed a grain elevator. They retired to Colville in 1986 to be closer to family. James preceded her in death in 2008. They were married for 64-years.
Betty was an active member and Sunday School Teacher at the United Methodist Church in Moweaqua, IL. She was also actively involved in her children’s education as a member of the PTA. She had great care and compassion for others and served many years as a volunteer with the Mount Carmel Hospital Auxiliary in Colville.
Betty was a voracious reader with a quick wit, and a worldly, open mind. She started her Christmas Poem tradition in 1957, and kept them flowing until 2003. Within these accounts of Shaw family life were her frequent morsels of sage perspective and indiscriminate compassion. An “empty nest” poem she wrote serves as a testament to her depth of perspective on the human condition:

Four No More
No one around to track up the floors,
To tease the dog or slam the doors.
The house now stays all clean and neat-
No hourly admonitions to repeat.
No sleeping bodies to shake alive,
No extra cars parked in the drive.
Plenty of hot water at the tap
No one disturbs if I take a nap.
My husband and I can stay on a diet-
No fattening food to tempt us to try it.
No more lying awake in the dark
Wishing that car would come home and park.
With tranquility our air is rife-
There are no sounds of sibling strife.
To a younger parent this soothing scene
Would seem the answer to a dream.
I know life must change as time flows past--
But I can’t help wondering-must it go so fast?

Betty was preceded in death by her four siblings, Ross, Robert, Marjorie, and John.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Antoniades, and her husband, George, San Diego, CA; son Ed Shaw, and his wife, Linda, Colville; three grandchildren, Nicholas Antoniades, Colin Shaw, Cameron Shaw, and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a private family memorial service for Betty at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to www.oxfamamerica.org. Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville is in charge of arrangements.

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