Mary Louise Shaw went to be with her heavenly father on Friday, April 28, 2023, at the age of 85. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her husband and children. Louise was born August 31, 1937 in Vienna, Illinois. She married Donald E. Shaw on June 23, 1956. He resides in Benton, Illinois.
Louise was a member of Grace Bible Church in West City, Illinois. She loved spending time with her family and attending church. She blessed many lives through her many years as a childcare provider, foster parent, cafeteria and playground supervisor, and crossing guard.
Louise is survived by her husband, Donald Shaw of Benton, Illinois; children, Karyn Joseph of Marion, Illinois, Cheryl (Jeff) Moore of Maryville, Illinois, Scott (Jodi) Shaw of Smithton, Illinois, Christopher (Jeri) Shaw of Benton, Illinois, and daughter-in-law, Jackie Shaw of Warner Robbins, Georgia; grandchildren, Kelly (Brian) Gagne, Andrew (Melissa) Shaw, Hayley (Jared) Mason, Paden (Crystal) Joseph, Chad (Brenda) Carlson, Chalon (Ashley) Knight, Ryan Shaw, Grace Shaw, Cristen (Derek) Oxford, Jared Shaw; great-grandchildren, Jackson Gagne, James Gagne, Evan Gagne, Zachary Shaw, Allison Shaw, Dottie Mason, Velma Mason, James Joseph, Alex Joseph, Caleb Carlson, Jessica Carlson; foster brother, Jeff Hemminghaus; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents Carl Day and Thelma Holt Day and foster parents George and Dorothy Hemminghaus; son, Alan Shaw; son-in-law, Daren Joseph; brother, William Day; half-sister, Virginia Holt; half-brother Paul Smith; and foster brother, Steve Hemminghaus.
Visitation will be held Saturday, May 6th at Grace Bible Church, 107 N. Court St., West City, Illinois from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm with Pastor Jim Duncan officiating. Burial will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Akin, Illinois.
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