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SHAW, Jeanne Elizabeth (nee Saunders)

1921 – 2014

Jeanne Shaw, age 93, passed away in Calgary on Friday, September 12, following a recent stroke, supported by her loving family. She was born in Lacombe, Alberta, and grew up on the homestead of her late father, Howard Saunders and mother Janet (nee Henderson), who had come to Canada as a Scottish war bride.

Jeanne was the loving and much-loved wife of the late (2006) G.E. (Gardie) Shaw for 63 years. As a young and intrepid wife, she accompanied her husband on the sometimes harrowing work of building the Alaska Highway, shot-hole drilling in Saskatchewan and numerous other business ventures. For most of their lives, they made their home in Calgary. Jeanne and Gardie were inseparable and dynamic partners who joyfully shared life together.

Jeanne was the wonderful mother of four children: Wayne Edward Shaw (Marilyn Pilkington) of Toronto; the late Robert Lee Shaw, who died in a tragic industrial accident as a young man; Judy Christine Heynen (John) of Calgary; and Pamela Jeanne Tronson (John) of Los Angeles. Each of her children remember with great affection and appreciate all that their Mother did for them growing up. She celebrated and enjoyed each of her grandchildren: Meredith Sarah and Robert Edward Shaw (Toronto); Robert John, Jared Luke and Stephen Joel Heynen (Calgary); and Emily Jeanne and Avery Lee Tronson (Los Angeles).

Jeanne was the eldest of eight children, and remained close to her siblings all her life: the late Lee and Vernice Saunders (Lacombe); the late Roy and Lorna Saunders (Nanaimo, BC); Charles and Marie Saunders (Calgary); Herbert and Evelyn Saunders (Port McNeil, BC); Margaret Kinley (and the late Harlin) (Calgary); Hazel Young (and the late Howard) (Red Deer, AB); and Donald (and the late Mable) Saunders (Nanaimo, BC).  She enjoyed her many nieces and nephews, their spouses, children and grandchildren, and delighted in the reunions of the expanding Saunders family held every three years.

Jeanne was predeceased by her parents-in-law, Norris Edward and Carrie Shaw of Lacombe, and by her brothers-in-law Morris Shaw (and the late Carolyn) (Lacombe), and Norris Shaw (Lethbridge). She is survived by Norris’ widow, Irma, and by brother-in-law Harvey Shaw (Audrey) of Calgary. The many children and grandchildren of the Shaw families were always very special to her.

Jeanne and Gardie both had a great gift for friendship. They had a wide circle of friends, including many treasured and life-long relationships. Jeanne was a wonderful homemaker, and their homes were always open and welcoming, whether in Calgary, at their acreage in DeWinton, AB, or in the warmth of the winters in Phoenix, Arizona. They had many special friends who enriched their life.

Beyond the home, Jeanne was a Calgary enthusiast. With Gardie, she contributed to many civic, community and church initiatives. They were active in Rotary and Rotary International. She was the first woman to serve as the Clerk of Session at Parkdale United Church, and subsequently was an active member of McDougall United Church, where she took a particular interest in developing programs for youth and seniors.

Jeanne was fortunate to live a long, full and good life. Those who knew her are the better for it.  Although she experienced deep tragedy, she had the strength and faith that fosters resilience, and the optimism that supports happiness.

The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Lake Bonavista Village for their kindness and support, and the physicians and nursing staff of Rockyview Hospital for their excellent care and counsel during her final days.

Arrangements entrusted to McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, Alberta. Memorial Services will be held at McDougall United Church (8516 Athabasca Street S.E.) on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.  Forward condolences through Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choosing.

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  1. Sharron Beaudette and David Chipman :

    We are extremely saddened to hear of Jeanne’s passing
    Our condolences to the Shaw, Heynen and Tronson families
    The world has lost a special person but Heaven has gained a true angel.
    Sharron Beaudette and David Chipman

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  2. Vern and Denise Siemens :

    We offer our condolences to Jeanne’s family on the loss of such a loving and exemplary lady. Jeanne was so warm and accepting of all, and brought joy to many lives during her sojourn through life. We were fortunate to be the new owners of the wonderful DeWinton property which she and Garde loved so much. They will now be rejoicing in their reunion!
    Treasure all the happy memories of a life so well lived.
    Vern and Denise Siemens

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  3. Lynn (Mooney) Willoughby :

    Wayne, Judy, Pam and families
    I read Jeanne’s obituary and want to send my sincere sympathy. She was a wonderful partner to Gardie, mother, grandmother and friend. We have all heard the adventure stories she shared with my parents Wilma and Gerry. They all worked hard, raised their families and enjoyed their retirement years in Mesa. I am so sorry for your loss, but she will be remembered as a model of a gracious, kind and generous woman. She and Gardie were a large part of my youth and I will always remember the laughter.
    Thinking of all of you with love, and so sorry that I cannot attend tomorrow’s service.
    Lynn (Mooney) Willoughby

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  4. Rosemary Walders ( Hoogwerf) :

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother and Grandmother. My Mother ( who has recently passed – Anny Hoogwerf) and my Father – Wim Hoogwerf spoke highly of Jeanne ( and Gardie) and enjoyed the many years of friendship that they shared through many activities and groups of friendship through McDougall United Church. Our hearts will be with you through this journey.

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  5. Sheila Gurevitch :

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear mum Jeanne. She was a very special lady & I looked forward to seeing her when she came in to the CHI. My hope for you is that family & friends will help you through this most difficult time.
    Sheila Gurevitch

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  6. Fred Saunders :

    Although I didn’t know Jeanne, I would like to pass along my thoughts and prayers to all the people she touched in her life. We are distant relatives (5th cousins) and I have her name and some of her ancestors in my family tree records. If anyone in her family is interested in genealogy, please contact me. I’m more than willing to share any info I have that would be of interest to you.

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  7. Glenda (Haines) Wilson :

    We were so sorry to hear of Jeanne’s passing. We send our sincere condolences to the entire Shaw family. Today, I was trying to phone Jeanne to let her know that our Mom, Alice Haines had passed away. Our family’s friendship goes back a long way to 11th Ave NE. We kept in contact for many years at Christmas time with sharing of family photos. The last time Mom and I saw Jeanne was over lunch in the fall of 2010. It was a wonderful visit sharing old time stories. The Shaw names came up many times in the Haines household. Keep those memories close.
    -Gord, Glenda, Larry and their families

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