Isabelle Shaw, 94, Adams

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Isabelle Shaw, 94, of Adams, Minn., died May 13, 2013, at the Adams Health Care Center.

Isabelle Shaw

Isabelle Shaw

Isabelle Marjorie Johnson was born Dec. 22, 1918, at Harmony, Minn., the daughter of Artie and Maude (Burnham) Johnson. She attended school at Harmony and graduated from Mabel High School. After high school, Isabelle graduated from beauty school in Minneapolis. She worked as a beauty operator at the Adams Barber Shop and as a waitress at her father’s restaurant, Art’s Café, in Adams. In 1942 and 1943, she went to work at the Douglas Aircraft plant in California, returning to Adams later in 1943 to marry Harry M. Shaw on Oct. 10, 1943, at the Little Cedar Lutheran Church.

The Shaws farmed in the Adams area for 35 years. Isabelle was a member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church and active in the circles and WELCA. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting as well as baking and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. In the 1970s, the Shaws purchased a motor home and traveled extensively in the western United States, spending many winters in California where Isabelle’s parents and sisters lived. She also enjoyed fishing in northern Minnesota.

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Isabelle was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Shaw Sr.; a son, Harry Shaw Jr.; son-in-law, Dennis Hennigar; sister, Jeanette Pliska; and grandson-in-law, Troy Jech.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Sandy Shaw, Dexter, Minn.; daughters and son-in-law, Sandra Hennigar, Olympia, Wash., Margaret and James Penning, Rochester, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Veronica Shaw, Grovespring, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; sisters, Joyce Underdahl, San Marcos, Calif., Luverne Purcell, Yorba Linda, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Little Cedar Lutheran Church, Adams, Minn., with the Rev. Liz Erickson officiating. Interment will be in the Little Cedar Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday at the Adams Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church for one hour before the service on Friday.