Mildred Shaw, 95
Westborough – Mildred (Genthner) Shaw, 95, formerly a longtime resident of Southborough, passed away Monday May 9, 2011, at Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center of Westborough. She was the beloved wife of Edmund W. Shaw for the past 54 years.
In addition to her husband, she leaves a cousin, Nancy Talbot of Rockport.
Born Oct. 8, 1915 in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Agnes (Backman) Genthner. She had one brother, Gordon, who was two years older than she and whom she admired very much. Gordon died at an early age after having served in Alaska during World War II. Her family moved to Wayland when she was 4 years old.
Mrs. Shaw was a 1933 graduate of Wayland High School and won first prize in typing for speed and accuracy. She then attended Framingham Secretarial School and Williams College School of Banking. She took many classes, one of which included Savings Bank Life Insurance, and was a graduate of the Massachusetts Bankers Association School of Banking. She was a member of the Framingham Business and Professional Women’s Association.
After working for Bancroft Walker Co. in Waltham for nine years, Mrs. Shaw began a distinguished 38-year career at the Framingham Trust Company. She was the Secretary to President Raymond Hilliard and served as a Commercial Teller during World War II. She was the Secretary to Waldon Caldwell, Treasurer. Upon Mr. Caldwell’s retirement, she became the Customer Investment Officer and was promoted to Assistant Treasurer. She assumed management of the Sherborn branch, where she served until her retirement in the middle 1980s.
Following her retirement from the bank, she began a 13-year second career as Ward Secretary at Framingham Union Hospital. In 1956, she moved to Southborough and became a devoted member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Southborough. She sang in the choir for over 60 years and was an active participant in the Bargain Box Thrift Shop.
Mrs. Shaw loved to travel, visiting Hawaii on five different occasions. She also enjoyed visiting Bermuda, the Bahamas, Ireland and the Continent. In addition, she loved music and was proficient with a Hammond organ, which was installed in their home. She loved flowers and gardened both in Southborough and at the Willows, where they moved in 2003. A true dog lover, she had Boston terriers and also assisted with the breeding and showing of border terriers. She had a passion for feeding and caring for birds.
Mrs. Shaw will be remembered for reaching out to others. To know her truly was to love her. She surrounded herself with so many people to whom she spread much love and joy. She brought out the best in her many friends, who will miss her very much.
A memorial service was held May 13 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Southborough. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home of Southborough (morrisfuneralparlor.com). Donations in her memory may be made to the MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.
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