Age 100, of Ackerson Lake, was reunited with her husband Red on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Mary was born in Jackson on August 8, 1920 to Herbert and Alice (Spicer) Turner. In 1942, she was married to Leon E. “Red” Shaw and soon after moved to their Ackerson Lake home.
Mary is survived by two daughters, Diane O’Leary and Debbie (Dennis) Ashley, both of Ackerson Lake; four grandchildren, Shannon (Keith) Lefebvre of Wisconsin, Sean “Red” (Liz) O’Leary of Battle Creek, Jeffrey (Tracy) Ashley of Cheboygan and Chad Ashley of Marquette; five great-grandchildren, Koa Lefebvre, Samantha Ashley, Jordan Ashley, Seth Ashley and Emma Ashley; nieces, nephews and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Alice; husband of nearly 60 years, Red Shaw; son-in-law, Kevin O’Leary; and three brothers, Herbert, Arthur and Robert Turner.
Throughout her life, her greatest enjoyment and love was being with family and friends. In her younger days she enjoyed following and supporting Red in his Barbershop Quartet performances. They enjoyed dancing together for many years as well. She was accomplished in knitting and crocheting and was always ready for a good card game. Her home made popsicles were legendary! Cakes, pies and cookies were pretty much standard in the house. Mary was a strong willed woman who never let her aches and pains rule her life. Every day was a good day and she loved her 78 years at her lake home. Always fun to be with, she welcomed all and loved everybody; and will be missed dearly.
A special thank you to hospice nurse Joy Gebhardt, hospice massage therapist Kristine Rubin and hospice music therapist Alexandra Kring; you all made mom’s days much brighter. For that we are grateful and appreciative.
A gathering to celebrate Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the Jackson County Outdoor Club, 3550 Hart Road, Jackson, MI 49201 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice, 100 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 400, Jackson, MI 49201.
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