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Barbara "Sis" (Webber) Shaw

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Barbara "Sis" (Webber) Shaw Obituary
Barbara "Sis" Webber Shaw Barbara, born June 1, 1927, departed her earthly world surrounded by family members at her home in the Atascadero Christian Community on August 31, 2018 at age 91. Barbara was born in Honolulu, HI to General Kenneth Eugene Webber (US Army) and Jeanne Norma "Babs" McKenzie Webber. As a child of military life Barbara lived all over the world, including Mainland China, Istanbul, Laramie, WY, Fort Sill, OK, and Washington DC. She graduated from Sullins Business College in Bristol, VA and worked as a secretary for over 20 years, including as executive secretary to the Director of Health for the State of Nevada. She was a voracious reader and an informed citizen with a sharp wit and keen mind; she utilized her precise memory when relating stories of her many life adventures. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Barbara married the love of her life, Trevor Sewell "Bud" Shaw in December 1966 in Redlands, CA. They shared 28 years together living in Redlands, Redondo Beach, and Davis, CA and Carson City, NV. After Bud's passing in 1994, Barbara moved to Dublin, OH in 2000 to be near her son, Captain Kenneth Windsor Dennett (USMC), daughter-in-law Susan, and grandchildren Megan and Michael. After the passing of her son Ken "Nuffer" in 2006, Barbara moved to Athens, GA and lived at Iris Place with her beloved brother Col. Kenneth Eugene Webber, Jr. (US Army). In 2011 she moved to San Luis Obispo, CA to be near stepsons John Shaw (Beverly Bonifas), and Jim Shaw (Dale), and their families. In San Luis Obispo she lived at Las Brisas where she made many new friends and was an avid bridge player, before transitioning to the Atascadero Christian Community. Living on the Central Coast, she was soon assisting "Grandma Red" (Avice Irene Bonifas Nolan) in matriarchal duties to the extensive Bonifas clan who lovingly adored and adopted her. Barbara was a child of "The Greatest Generation" whose family included many generations of West Point graduates. Keeping in the family tradition of service to country, her son Ken graduated from The Virginia Military Institute. World War II and its aftermath shaped her worldview. She read the newspaper and The Week magazine regularly (always completing the crossword puzzles), loved to talk politics, and was keenly interested in world events her entire life. Barbara leaves behind stepsons John Shaw (Bev) of Morro Bay, CA; Jim Shaw (Dale) of Sacramento, CA; daughter-in-law Susan Barry Dennett of Dublin, OH; grandchildren Christopher Shaw (Janna Matteoli), Atascadero; Graham Shaw of Eureka; John "JT" Shaw of Guerneville, CA; Megan Armbruster (Tyler) of Plain City, OH; and Michael Dennett (Kate) of Hilliard, OH; sister-in-law Charlotte Webber of Lakeland, FL; plus numerous great-grand children, nieces, and nephews. Her cat Bailey and "grand-dog" Motley held special places in her heart and were with her at the end. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Ken and Babs, brother Ken, husband Bud, son Ken and first husband George Dennett. The family thanks The Atascadero Christian Community, especially Missy at Bethesda House, and Pastor Chris, for their loving care; and nurse Michelle and Pastor Tim of Central Coast Hospice who guided Barbara and her family along the final path of her life well lived. Barbara will be remembered for her warmth and kindness, sincerity, overriding concern for the lives of others, witty sense of humor, and her passion for the Atlanta Braves. A family celebration will be held at a later date.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Sept. 9, 2018
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