Maureen Lea Shaw
Obituary for Maureen Lea Shaw
Maureen Lea Shaw: Age 84 years, of Halifax, N.S. died peacefully on April 2, 2019 surrounded by her family. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to the late Camilla (Dooley) and Louis Bichon, Maureen was the oldest of nine children. When she was an infant her family moved to Kenora, Ontario where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Mervin Shaw. They married in 1958 and moved to Halifax where they raised their five children. Maureen was a warm and welcoming individual known for her effortless conversation and her ability to make people feel at ease. A good listener, interested in people and helping others, her door was always open to family and friends who sought her out for her good advice and common sense. Maureen had a marvelous sense of style and an energy about her that one could not help but notice. She enjoyed nature, books and music, and encouraged these interests in her children and grandchildren. Beach combing with Grammie for shells and rocks on Big Island will always be a fond memory. She loved occasions and made them special; often she did this by organizing neighbourhood Halloween, Christmas carolling, cookie decorating and skating parties. As an excellent cook, she also liked to make traditional family recipes to celebrate these occasions.
Maureen was a member of Canadian Martyrs Church and the Nova Scotia cross country ski club, a supporter of Symphony Nova Scotia, a dedicated volunteer with the Nova Scotia Diabetes Association, and coordinator of many events for the Nova Scotia Medical Society.
Maureen is survived by: Mervin, her husband of 61 years; children Patricia Gillis (Sandy) of Halifax, Donald Shaw of Halifax, Greg Shaw of Ontario, and Sharon Shaw (Darcy Pettipas) of Halifax; grandchildren Spencer Gillis, Erica Gillis (Jason Domini), Jennifer Shaw, Emily Shaw, Maria Shaw, Aidan Shaw, Colin Shaw, Ingrid Pettipas and Ainslie Pettipas; great grandsons Bennett and Ellis Domini, and Harikoa Wells; brothers Louis Bichon (Gail) of Winnipeg, Emile Bichon of Kenora, Leo Bichon (Darlene) of Kenora, Charles Bichon (Sheila) of British Columbia, Camille Bichon of Kenora and sister Eva Scott (Dale) of Kenora; plus many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Pamela and sisters Exilda and Camilla.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. As well, we would like to thank the staff at Arborstone Enhanced Care—Tammi, Carol-Ann and Roselyn, to name a few—for their kindness and help during our mother’s stay there.
Celebration of life will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas church, Oxford Street, at 2 p.m. on April 11, 2019. Online condolences can be made at www.donaldkwalker.ca
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