Georgiana Mayre (Hessler) Shaw, 99, died at Covenant Village in Plantation, Florida, Thursday, September 5, 2013. Georgia was born July 1, 1914, in New York City, the daughter of George F. and Elsie (Pargman) Hessler.
Raised in Westfield, New Jersey, she graduated from Oberlin College with the class of 1936.
She is survived by John F. Shaw, her loving husband of 76 years; her two sons, John F. Shaw, Jr., of Middletown, Connecticut, and Steven A. Shaw and his wife, Marilyn Doria Shaw, of Bethesda, Maryland; her three grandchildren, Jennifer Shaw Porcari, of Cheverly, Maryland, Samuel A. Shaw, of San Francisco, California, and Stephanie A. Shaw, of Boston, Massachusetts; her three great grandchildren, Conna M. E. Porcari and Sara B. Porcari, of Cheverly, Maryland, and Ian M. Shaw, of San Francisco, California. She also leaves close and significant family relationships with Carolyn D. Shaw, Charles Porcari, Adrian Skaj and Andrea Roberts.
Georgia was pre-deceased by her sister, Alicia Richardson; and her brother, Don A. Hessler.
Following their marriage, Georgia and John lived in Shawville (North Ridgeville), Elyria, Garden City, New York, New York City, Madison, Connecticut, Naples, Florida, and Plantation, Florida. In addition to her family, her interests were wide and varied, including books of all genres, gardening, bridge and volunteer work with libraries, hospitals and reading to persons with vision impairments. She will be remembered for her lifelong dedication to helping others and for her steadfast optimism.
The family wishes to thank all of the administration, medical and nursing staff at Covenant Village for their long attention and devotion.
Memorial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends that donations be made to Oberlin College, for direction to the Friends of the Oberlin College Library, Mudd Center, 148 W. College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074-1545.