Mildred Elnora Brown Shaw
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home
221 Broad Street
Sumter, SC
SUMTER - Mildred Elnora Brown Shaw, 93, lately of Covenant Place in Sumter, was the second of eight children born to Mildred Lee Hall Brown and Robert Tillman Brown, Sr. on 25 March 1918 in Camden, S. C. while her father was serving in WWI in France. She died peacefully and with her children at her side 28 December at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter, S. C. She was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter and an active participant and volunteer until 2010. Having an unshakable faith in God, a steady commitment to The Golden Rule of Jesus, she lived by the motto, 'I am my brother's keeper'. She leaves a love for family that is best reflected by the fact that all of her offspring, without exception, have followed into her example as committed believers in Jesus, the Christ.

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

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.

Published by The State on Dec. 30, 2011.
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I knew Mildred Shaw as "Moosie" which she gave me permission to use when I was perhaps twenty five years old. Ervin Shaw, MD
Attended Citadel with my husband, they have remained "best friends" forty five years, Moosie warned me when I started to slice a tomato for a sandwich to beware of her knives, "I keep even my handles sharp." I soon required Erv's medical knowledge. Keeping her knives sharp was evidence that Mildred Shaw was a woman of great efficiency, she dearly loved her family and the ones they called friends. Ozzie & I will be forever grateful, blessed and enriched by her life.
Elsie Fogle
December 31, 2011
Ervin, please accept our sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was a special lady who touched many lives. Jack and Jane (Jenkins) Hill
December 30, 2011
Ms.Shaw, was an awesome lady! You will be missed! What a saint of GOD! You left a legacy...and you have passed on a love of family and God that will be passed on for generations to come!Thank you for your commitment to your family and GOd! RIP. The Prince family (Mark sr, Paula, Mark jr, Quinn and Dylan and Seth Prince)
Paula Prince
December 30, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. It sounds like your grandmother was a wonderful person. I know you all will miss her terribly, but she is at peace.

In sympathy,
Eileen Sullivan
December 30, 2011
Dear Ervin,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, but am confident of the great welcome she received in heaven. I know this is a bittersweet thing for all of you. I'm praying for you. Blessings,
Jeanne Reaves
December 30, 2011
Ervin, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great lady and one that I deeply admired. Mama loved her so much when they worked together at Tuomey ... they were such good friends.
Mike Bailey
December 30, 2011
Aunt Mildred will be deeply missed. She was a powerful example of strength and commitment. We always knew that if any member of the Brown family was sick or having a problem Aunt Mildred would be the one to turn to. She was a wonderful lady and leaves our family with loving memories of her.
Robert and Barbara Brown
December 30, 2011
Mildred was a very upbeat person. Everytime she came into the room the room lighted up. She always was Happy and brought Happiness to others.
I never saw her Think of herslef. She was always thinking of others.
When I visited my Papa (R. T. 'Bobby' Brown, Jr) in Sumter and at the lake house we made a point to see Mildred.
She leaves great memories to everyone Friends and family
Rob Brown
December 30, 2011
A great loss to all. Aunt Mildred was a pillar of strength in the family and a mentor who will be greatly missed. Truly an end of an era for the Brown and Shaw families.
Robert & Cathy Brown
December 30, 2011
Ervin, Mildred and families,

I am saddened to learn of the death of your mother. She truly was a beautiful lady and my memories of her and you will be cherished. I know she was pleased to leave such a wonderful legacy in all of you. You are in my prayers.

Sylvia Seymour Davis
December 30, 2011
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