October 5, 2019
Mary Ross Shaw, 91, passed away peacefully in her home on October 5 with family at her side.
Born in New Westminster, B.C., she was the youngest daughter of Norman Ross Coulson and Eleanor Mary-Louise Coulson. She is predeceased by brother George Allan Coulson and sister Margaret Love. She spent her childhood growing up in New Westminster, B.C. until her marriage in April, 1949, to Thomas Shaw of Burnaby. For the ensuing 25 years military life took her and her family across Canada including a three year term in France as an RCAF dependant.
Mary is survived by her husband, Tom, children Tom (Janet}, Ken (VaLori ), Sue (John}, and grandchildren, Murray, Corinne, Mike, Darren, Danny, Amy, Trevor, Kyle, and Jason. And an increasing number of great grandchildren, Paige, Ryder, Kendall, Halle, Jasper, Finley and Benson.
Mary was especially proud of her family. Her loyalty to her husband was unwavering giving him 70 years of companionship and support. Her eldest son, Tom, had a career in education. Son Ken, an international entertainer, had a perpetual fan in his mom. She delighted in his performances and shared in the many celebrations of his illustrious career. Her daughter, Susan, a successful business woman in the Comox Valley was mom’s reliable companion and confidant.
Mary was a founding member of 888 Wing, Lazo, where she put in many hours as a volunteer and organizer. She was on the original committee that drew up plans to build a welcoming club for military families and friends. Her efforts have provided many people a place to visit and reconnect with others who have served Canada. And as a volunteer, when her health permitted, she would work at the Wing on Wednesdays as part of the lunch gang making sandwiches. She did that for over 20 years. Her coordination of several Christmas shows brought much entertainment and good cheer for the members. Also, she organized many bus trips to Skagit and Tulalip casinos for members to have a weekend trip. She was always available to assist with memorials, Canada Day, Remembrance Day celebrations and whatever other event needed a helping hand. The Wing will miss her energy and enthusiasm.
Her absence will be noticed at the Friday meat draw at the Comox Legion. She was very popular and always ready to cheer up those who needed a little boost to their day. She and her friends played a card game called “Golf” before the meat draw began. But, the highlight of the afternoon was most definitely winning meat which saw many packages go home with her over the years.
Mary has a clearly defined legacy. She had a radiant smile that lit up a room, an infectious, contagious laugh, and an enrapturing love for people. Her smile was warm, genuine, and inviting. She smiled and waved at everyone. She wanted everyone to feel included and welcome everywhere she went. And she loved to laugh. Oh how she loved to laugh! Quick witted, ready with a comeback and always willing to share a joke, her humour was contagious. And she loved people. Her many parties and social gatherings are a testament to her enjoyment of having others join her to celebrate special days. Yes, her legacy is indisputable. Her smile, her laughter and her love is etched in our memories forever
The Celebration of her Life will be at 888 Wing on Sunday, October 27, 1400 to 1600 hours. Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of this wonderful woman.
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