Anita Laurie Shaw-Tymrak, 45, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2007, at her home in Bozeman from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Anita was born on Aug. 17, 1961, in Cody, Wyo., to Richard and Julianna Casebolt Shaw.
Growing up, Anita lived in Cody, Casper, Billings, and Houston, Texas. She graduated from Westbury High School in Houston. Anita spent her summers in Pony, Mont., with her grandparents. It was during this time that she grew to love the Pony area.
In 1990 Anita went to work for the Gallatin County sheriff's office as a detention officer. She rapidly rose through the ranks, holding many positions including detention center administrator and training officer. During her career, she earned all of the certifications possible in her field from the Montana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. She regularly conducted training at the Montana State Law Enforcement Academy and across the United States for the National Institute of Corrections. Anita was involved in the Bozeman community and served on multiple committees and boards including the Alcohol and Drug Service of Gallatin County board of directors.
On July 17, 1993, Anita married Mark E. Tymrak in Bozeman. Together they raised their family of six children in Bozeman.
Anita was devoted to her family. She enjoyed camping with her family, hiking (especially up Hollow Top Mountain in Pony), traveling to tropical destinations, the water, downhill skiing, and she dabbled in golf. She was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Anita loved animals and took in many strays -- dogs, cats, birds or whatever else had the good fortune of crossing her path.
One of Anita's proudest moments was meeting President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Anita is survived by her husband, Mark Tymrak of Bozeman; daughters: Jessica (Justin) Gilbreth of Albuquerque, N.M.; Kristin (Jeff) Ragland of Bozeman; Pamelia (Paul) Bentley of Bozeman; Virginia (Ginna) Tymrak of Bozeman; sons, Patrick (Sarah) Flemming of Bozeman and Pryce (Samantha) Tymrak of Bozeman. Anita's personalized license plates spoke for themselves: 6ISENUF and OVER IT. She is survived by seven grandchildren: Austin, Abby, Joey, Caleb, Taylor, Kaylynn, and Tianna; by her father, Richard Shaw of Bozeman; brother, Steven Shaw of Bozeman and brother, Michael (Catherine) Shaw of Great Falls; nephew, Eric Shaw of Bozeman; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Anita was preceded in death by her mother, Julianna Shaw; grandparents, Dr. T.F. "Doc" and Virginia Casebolt and Al and Gladys Shaw.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Todd Harris, Dr. Harris' nurse Barb, Dr. Joseph Sofianek, Randy Harrington of Price Rite Drug, and all the staff of Bozeman Deaconess Hospice.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Bible Church. Interment will follow in Valley View Cemetery in Pony. Visitation hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Dokken-Nelson's Sunset Chapel.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman 59715; or to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman 59719.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 13 to May 16, 2007