Joann Alecia Nichols Shaw, 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, friend, teacher
and sister in Christ, departed this life Thursday, June 27, 2013. Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community House Hospice, 301 Medpark Circle, Burleson, Texas 76028. Joann was born July 30, 1929, in Temple to Olive Leslie Green Nichols and Thomas Eddie Nichols. She led a long, full life - one of grace and service. She was the epitome of Solomon's "virtuous woman." As the heart and soul of her family, her first responsibility was to care for her husband and children. She led by example and word so that her children (as well as her grandchildren and the children she taught) developed into caring and responsible adults. These lessons were grounded in her love of God and faith in Jesus (she was a member of Rosemont Church of Christ). As her children grew, Joann's love of children and talent for mentoring led her to teach. She taught middle school at Forest Oak for all of her 25-year teaching career. Many of her former students continued to stay in touch with her and loved her not only because she was interested in their intellectual lives but she also cared for them in their adult lives. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Horace E. Shaw; and her grandson, Mark C. Shaw. Immediate survivors: Brother, Ed Nichols; children, Linda Nowell of Sacramento, Calif., Michael and Cleta Shaw of Waxahachie and Christopher Shaw of Mansfield; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Loredana Nowell of Sacramento, Philip and Chika Nowell of Santa Ana, Calif., Allison and Jeremy King of Sacramento, and Holly Shaw of Addison; great-grandchildren, Reanna, Maia, and Haylee Nowell, and Audrey King, all of Sacramento, and Alexander Nowell of Santa Ana; her devoted care worker, Janet Zamarippa of Fort Worth; many nieces and nephews; as well as numerous friends.