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SHAW, Margaret (Garrity) Margaret Shaw, a long-time resident of Springfield, Ohio passed away peacefully and in God's love on September 18th, 2013 in Walla Walla, WA. Margaret Mary Garrity Shaw, was born in Springfield on August 20th, 1922 to Ray Garrity and Cecille (Nunnelly) Garrity at the family home on Plum Street. Margaret Mary made many childhood friends, and regularly attended grammar school and high school reunions in later years. She attended Catholic Central High School and graduated with honors in 1940. Upon her graduation, she went on a three month train trip around the entire U.S. with her Grandmother and her younger sister. Margaret married Max Shaw in 1942. After the war, they settled in Indiana, expanding the family with four children: James, Nancy, Sarah and Michael. When the children were grown, Margaret and her husband moved to New Jersey. Margaret attended Montclair State University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving her B.A. and teaching certification in English. She taught high school English in Newark NJ. Margaret attended Seton Hall, graduating with honors and earning a Masters Degree in Education Administration. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa educational sorority. During her studies at Seton Hall, Margaret participated in a study abroad program, and travelled to many historic and religious sites in Israel. She considered this educational trip one of the most exciting experiences of her life. She continued teaching in NJ until her retirement in 1984, at which time she returned to her beloved birthplace of Springfield . For a period of time Margaret was a substitute teacher with the Springfield Public Schools. In addition, she renewed many long-time local friendships, and was a member of AAUW, The Springfield Womens' Club, St. Teresa's parish, and the Springfield Book Club. In 1992, Margaret joined VISTA (currently AmeriCorps), where she played a pivotal role in establishing the Springfield Literacy Center in the historic Warder building. She was a tutor instructor, a learning mentor, and helped develop many of the teaching materials used in the literacy program. Margaret extended her volunteer service status, and was a VISTSA volunteer for seven years until she retired for a second time in 1999. She received a letter of commendation from President Bill Clinton for her exemplary commitment and service to the Springfield Literacy Program. Margaret led an active social life and played in several bridge groups, attended theatre and symphony performances, and participated in social and literary clubs. She made many trips to California and Florida to visit her adult children and grandchildren. She loved going to the movies and to different restaurants with her many friends. For many years, she especially enjoyed the weekly bridge game with her dear friends at the Senior Center in New Carlisle. Margaret was a voracious reader with a wide taste in literature and she loved working the daily crossword puzzle. Her homemade pies and truffles were always in demand. She created many beautiful needlework art pieces, and was an accomplished seamstress. Margaret moved to Walla Walla WA in the spring of 2011 to be near her daughter's family. She was in hospice in her final days, with her daughter Sarah and granddaughter Stephanie at her side. Margaret was preceded in death by her son, Michael Ray Shaw, brother Ray Garrity, and sister Pat Garrity Corrigan. She is survived by her elder son, James Shaw of Miami FL; daughter, Cordelia Shaw of Miami FL; daughter, Sarah Shaw Chandler (Stephen) of Walla Walla WA, five grandchildren, Celestine Garrity of Columbus OH, and many cherished lifelong friends in Springfield. Family services will be private with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Warder Literacy Center, 137 E. High Street, Springfield 45502.

Published in Springfield News-Sun on Sept. 19, 2013
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