Phyllis M. Shaw

ATHOL — Funeral services for Phyllis M. Shaw, 97, of Athol, were held Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at the Athol-Orange Baptist Church.

Rev. Mark Bariloni officiated. A eulogy was given by Phyllis’s son, Gordon Shaw. The bearers were Abby Willard, Dean Engel, Devin Willard, Carl Nawotny, Rob Willard and Lee Dunham.

Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, directed arrangements. 

Phyllis M. Shaw, age 97, of Athol, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at UMass Memorial Medical Center-Memorial Campus of Worcester. 

Phyllis was born Sept. 26, 1918, in Athol. She is the daughter of the late Raymond M. and the late May (Skevington) Hunter. She married Howard A. Shaw. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard A. Shaw, on May 29, 1996.

Phyllis lived in Athol all of her life, graduating from Athol High School in 1936. 

She worked for L.S. Starrett Company for 18 years until her retirement. She had previously worked for Dr. Grossman for two years and Ansin Shoe Shop in the office for seven years.

She was a member of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church for many years where she served on every board and committee, holding an office on each committee. She also taught Sunday school, served on the board of trustees, was a deaconess and a member of the FA-Ho-LA and the I Wonder What Club. She and her husband were members of the Jumptown Twirlers for many years, and she was a former 4-H leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. She also was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed bowling in her younger years.

She is survived by one daughter, Sandra M. Engel and her husband Mark of Campbell, Calif.; and two sons, Gordon H. Shaw and his wife Judith of Richmond, Va., and Frederick E. Shaw and his wife Bridget of Athol. She also has five grandchildren, Jason Engel, Dana McKinnon, Dean Engel, Abby Willard and Heather Hays; and 10 great-grandchildren, Marshall, Madison, Branden, Tyler, Dean, Emilee, Devin, Erin, Angel and Hope.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., at Athol-Orange Baptist Church, 131 Ridge Ave., Athol, with Rev. Mark Bariloni officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Athol-Orange Baptist Church, 131 Ridge Ave., Athol, MA 01331.

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Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, is directing arrangements.

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