June Elizabeth (Yates) Shaw (98) went peacefully to her forever home on Friday, December 22, 2023. Born in Wooster, Ohio on June 3, 1925 to Harry Edward Yates and Cora May (Koontz) Yates, June was the 3rd of nine children. She graduated valedictorian from Smithville High School in 1943 and pursued further education at God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio where she met William Shaw. They were married June 30, 1949 and enjoyed 70 years together.
Growing up on a farm she knew about hard work… lots of cooking, canning, washing. She used to help her dad peel peaches for preserving. She would talk about food preparation for the threshers that came to harvest crops on the farm. One of her favorite memories was making homemade ice cream with the hand crank ice cream machines. These experiences helped prepare her for her role in the parsonage and as a hostess for guests who visited.
Her hobbies included needlework, gardening, fishing and traveling. She baked cakes, including wedding cakes, birthday cakes and was known for her excellent pies. Her apple pie was always a winner. She sewed wedding gowns, clothes for her family and even upholstered a couch. She had a love for music and gave many music lessons through the years to help with the household budget. She often won at Scrabble and Skipbo and enjoyed building jigsaw puzzles with the children and grandchildren.
Living in Wayne County for her first 18 years, she expanded her borders and was able to travel to Alaska, Canada, Jamaica, Switzerland, Mexico, and also went sailing in the Virgin Islands, She once said that she decided early on that when Bill wanted to go somewhere she would plan to go along to enjoy the adventure. One year they took a small RV and traveled through the northern states and then south along the California coast. Arriving in Arizona, she experienced some pain and found she had colon cancer. The route home took them to Greenville, NC where her son-in-law, Stefan, was able to get her needed medical assistance. She also had another cancer episode but God granted her a long life which she enjoyed.
She also enjoye d spending family time at the beach in North Carolina,time in Florida a couple months during the winter, and Christmases were especially fun when her whole family came together to ski for over 25 years. Everyone still remembers her wedding soup that she prepared for the cold skiers for lunch.
As William pastored several churches, June supported him sharing her musical gifts and secretarial skills. She often offered her ability to prepare documents with little or no errors to local businesses and conference/church business meetings. She served others wherever she was needed.
Her heart was about her family for whom she prayed for daily that each would follow Jesus. And don’t pick on any of her kids. She was always their cheerleader and always saw the best in each one.
As family and friends have shared their memories about June many express the same sentiments. “Sweet, kind, poised, hospitable, and they loved her smile.” The folks at OrrVilla also mentioned how much they enjoyed her “zingers” that came unexpectedly.
She is survived by her children: Beverly (Larry) Neuenschwander of Dalton, OH; Karen (Stefan) Marcuard of The Villages, FL; William Shaw Jr and fiancée Susan Bachner of Pittsburgh, PA and Robert Shaw of Lighthouse Point FL. Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren complete the family. Surviving siblings are Lowell Yates, (Medina, OH), sister-in-law Trudy Yates (Hudson, FL), Eleanor (Jim) Hohenshil of Smithville and Barbara (Harold) Turner of Rittman. She was preceded in death by her husband William; her parents Harry and Cora Yates; brothers, Melvert, Robert, and James Yates; Sisters Donna Troxel and Shirley Troxell
The family wishes to thank OrrVilla Assisted Living for their excellent care for June during her three and one-half years as a resident. She loved the activities provided during her stay, especially the music groups. Also we are appreciative of the group of ladies from the Orrville C & MA church who faithfully provided music for her many times. They commented how much they enjoyed June singing the hymns along with them as they sang to her. The assistance from Hospice also helped lighten the load and was available when needed.
Following a family burial, a Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orrville Christian & Missionary Alliance church, 300 N Walnut St, Orrville, OH. An opportunity to greet the family and share a meal will follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to OrrVilla, Inc, 333 E Sassafras St, Orrville, OH 44677 or Life Care Hospice, 1900 Akron, Rd, Wooster, Oh 44691.