Mildred was educated in the public schools of Sumter, graduating in the Sumter High School class of 1935. She was a graduate of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing class of 1938, 'before the days of curative medicine'. She was a nurse in several Sumter physician offices (beginning with Dr. Ralph Dunn) and in many areas of Tuomey Hospital over a span of about 50 years. Due to shortages of surgeons in WWII, the Tuomey Hospital Board granted her 'first assistant' privileges when she worked with certain surgeons. Following retirement, she served as a Tuomey Hospital Board member. A core belief was that any job worth doing was worth doing right, and she was always on the lookout for a better way to do things. Mrs. Shaw was a person of fairly few wants and a tower of strength in her family. She had reasoned, strong opinions and convictions which were seldom if ever modified by the emotions of the moment. Until the day she died, she was the consummate nurse in her commitment to caring for others and desire that Sumter have excellent nurses and medical resources.
Mildred loved to read, to visit friends who were ill or disabled, and cherished family occasions. Her children and their extended families called her MaMa, the name she eagerly chose in honor of her own maternal grandmother, 'MaMa' (Mildred Shuford Murr Hall). Her favorite photos were 'the four Brown sisters in nursing uniforms' and 'four generations of Mildred'.
Until he died in 1993, Mrs. Shaw was married to Ervin Bartow Shaw for fifty-two years. She is survived by her son, Ervin Bartow Shaw, Jr., M. D. (Betty Drafts) and daughter, Mildred Hall Shaw Berg (George); grandchildren, Jennifer Lee Shaw Kendrick (Paul C., Jr.), Amanda Lee 'Amy' Berg Roberts (Geoff A.), David Ervin Shaw (Aubrey Fitzloff), and George Gerhardt Berg, Jr. (Michelle 'Chelly' Labordo); and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn Hope Kendrick Shultz (William Adam), P. Connally Kendrick, III, Christopher Allan Roberts, Elizabeth Anne Roberts, Milana Marie Berg, and Naomi Giselle Berg. Her sixth-sibling sister, Jane Jeffress (Charles Howard 'Jeff', Jr.) resides with extended family in Alexandria, Louisiana; her seventh-sibling brother, Murr Hall Brown resides with family in Mayesville; and her sisters-in-law, Jeanette 'Net' Klarpp Brown (Bobby) and Johnnie Husband Brown (Tom) reside in Sumter; and among her surviving first cousins are Alice Cantey, Dr. Jack Rhame, and Dot Morgan of Sumter and W. Reid Patrick of Charleston. She was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas Edward 'Tom' Brown (1986), William Hall 'Bill' Brown (2008), and R. T. 'Bobby' Brown, Jr. (2010); and sisters, Betty Cain (Mrs. John Nelson 'Bunk' Cain, 2007) and Alice Beaty (Mrs. Robert Wesley Beaty, Jr., 2009).
The family gives their profound thanks to her loyal and loving sitters, Bettie Tindal, Samantha Tindal, and Nikki Blackwell of Quality Private Caregivers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty Street with Rev. Kevin Gorry officiating.
Burial will be in Sumter Cemetery, 700 West Oakland Avenue.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 A.M. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church.
And the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the churches or Christian organizations of your choice.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.