Georgia Rytting Shaw
Georgia Rytting Shaw 1920 ~ 2006 Georgia Elizabeth Collins Rytting Shaw passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, April 18, 2006; returning home to her Heavenly Father and many loved ones who preceded her in death. Georgia was born on May 30, 1920 in Carter, Montana to Thomas Kirkwood Collins and Helen Belle Colby. She grew up on a dairy farm outside of Fort Benton, Montana along with two older sisters and an older brother. She served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in southern California from 1947 to 1948. She married Ralph Dean Rytting in December of 1948 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They made their home in Salt Lake City. They had two children (Ralph Colby and Elizabeth "Buffie") and a still born child (Minette). Ralph and Georgia were married for 22 years, until Ralph's death in 1971. In 1972 she married Lawrence Farley Shaw, to whom she has been married for 34 years. Georgia was a woman who possessed both great inner strength and faith, coupled with great musical talent. She worked for 27 years in the Drivers License Division of UDOT, ultimately ascending to the position of director. She had a beautiful alto voice, and was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 29 years. Because her husband Ralph had hemophilia at a time when there was no medical technology to deal with it, she lived compassionately with his suffering, and the reality that he might not survive any given year. She demonstrated great faith and strength during the attendant financial and emotional hardship of those times, from which her family greatly benefited. Her integrity was immovable. After she married Lawrence, they served a mission in South Africa from1983 to 1984; served in the Salt Lake Temple as an assistant supervisor; and in many church callings including her ward Relief Society presidency and as ward choir director. She had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from which she never wavered. She is survived by her husband Lawrence Farley Shaw; son R. Colby Rytting (Janet); daughter Elizabeth "Buffie" Barkdull (Larry); son Mike Shaw (Glenda); daughter Beverly Berry (Dean), 22 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Dean Rytting, her parents, two sisters (Helen and Gladys), and brother (Kirk). Viewing will be held on Friday, April 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary; 2350 E. 1300 S. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 12:00 noon at the Millcreek Ward at 3408 Celeste Way. Viewing from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to the funeral. Interment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Published by Deseret News from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2006.
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Dear Colby and Buffie,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. My mother, Lois Morrell, sent me the notification.
Marche (Morrell) Altom
May 15, 2006
My Dear Uncle Larry,
I have so admired both you and Georgia over the years. You have both been an inspiration and guide in my life. Thank you for being the great people we love and admire. With much love,
Marion (Tullis) and Owen Higgs
Marion Higgs
April 30, 2006
Dear Larry,Colby and Family, I was surprised to see sweet Georgia's OB in the paper. What a nice write up. One of Gods faithful servents. I think she was a wonderful lady and friend. I always admired her strength. I Remember her teaching in RS. And the days I was greatful to be her visiting teacher. The more I got to know Georgia the more I loved her and looked forward to the visits. Larry too. Your a wonderful man and I know you'll miss her so very much. I do know we all will see her again. The great knowedge of Gods plan of salvation. When you Colby was in the process of cleaning out the house for their move. I purchased a few things. My favorate was a black porcelin Horse. I will charish it and think of Georga. I have a few picture also I had taken of Church events with Georgia. She will be missed by so many. My prayers are with you all. We all are very lucky to have known sweet Georgia. So she will live on within us all. God Bless
Elaine Hardman
April 26, 2006
Buffie and Larry Barkdull & Family:
Our condolences and sympathy at the passing of your mother. She looks like a wonderful woman who lived a faithful and dedicated life. Though we did not have the privilege of knowing her personally, we feel that we know her through your constant example of kindness, love, and service. May Heavenly Father's blessings be with you and your family at this tender yet inspirational time.

Love,
Neil & Deanne Carlile
Orem, UT
Neil Carlile
April 25, 2006
Dear Larry and family,
JoAnn and I are far away finishing our responsibilities on the faculty at BYU Hawaii. Though we will be home for the summer, it won't be soon enough to share this special life moment with you. We remember clearly how we rejoiced in the happiness that Larry and Georgia found together. We send our love and pray that this experience will strengthen you all as you celebrate her magnificent life.
Jerry and JoAnn
Jerold Ottley
April 22, 2006
Dearest family of Georgia. Each positive person leaves a big hole when they leave this mortality, and your Mom and wife's presence will be sorely missed, but paradise has gained. This loving and fun person and I go back many years to the Tab. Choir days. She was always happy and took such good care of Ralph with his major health problems. And that lesson was not lost on you children who have stepped up to help both Larry and Georgia in their needs. Larry was just perfect for Georgia after Ralph was gone. They were my neighbors, visiting teachers, and shared their wonderful musical talents with the ward. We always enjoyed our visits, and I am sorry my health has keep me from seeing them since they left Millcreek Road, but Georgia's memory will always leave a song in my heart. Though I loved her dearly, I am satisfied that she slipped away so effortlessly at the end. That should be a great comfort to you during this tender time. She was so proud of her kids and posterity, and will watch over all of you in any way she can. Georgia was and is the "best", and Larry, so are you! There couldn't have been a more wonderful caretaker and companion as her health declined. We love you!
Mary Squires
April 22, 2006
Georgia Well I see you made it good for you . I have really enjoyed knowing you .Your are such a fun and loving person heaven shines alittle bit briter because you are their say hi to Joe and Gwen we love you all. We will miss you but are happy you've made it with Love to all.
Gordon Shaw
April 21, 2006
Dear Colby and Buffie,
My sympathy to you on the passing of your vivacious, dedicated Mom. I knew you, your Mom, and Dad (Ralph) in the Capitol Hill 2nd Ward in the late 1960s and early 1970s. All the best to you.
Richard Olsen
April 20, 2006
Uncle Larry and Sweet Family,
It was a previledge to know Georgia and she certainly did light up the room and want to make you join in song with her. She will be greatly missed. Love,
Linda Shaw Cummings
April 20, 2006
I have always enjoyed Aunt Georgia, she always lite up a room when she came in. It was so fun to see her with Uncle Larry and the cute name she would call him, 'Shaw Baby'. She is a good example of womanhood and Christ like attributes. My prayers go out to you and your family for the loss of your Wife, Mother and Grandmother.
Carolyn Wilde
April 20, 2006
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