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Margaret Elizabeth Shaw

April 22, 1921 December 20, 2019
Margaret Elizabeth Shaw
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Margaret Elizabeth Shaw was born in 1921, to Ed and Nettie Mall in Greenville, Michigan. She was the oldest of 3 children. She had one brother, Tom, and one sister, Mary. She grew up on a farm and spent much of her childhood in the Sunfield area. She played basketball for Sunfield High School.
She worked her way through college and received a business degree from Lansing Business University. While in college, all she could afford to eat was chili, which was the cheapest thing on the menu. After she graduated, she NEVER ate chili again! She later received a Bachelor’s Degree from John Wesley College.
She met her husband of 68 years at college. They were married in 1943. John went off to war, and Margaret, like so many women during the war, was left behind with a small child.
Margaret and John had 3 children: Larry, Peggy, and Pat. Margaret had 9 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She worked for the State of Michigan Attorney General’s Office for 42 years. When she started work, she was one of the few people in Lansing who could record testimony in court, taking it down by hand in shorthand and transcribing it.
In the early 1950’s, she was the only career woman in the neighborhood — it simply was not done back then. Men worked, women stayed home. But Margaret was Margaret.
She followed the beat of her own drummer. She always had a bright pink kitchen, and growing up, ours was the only house on the block (or maybe anywhere) that was painted bright pink.
She was what you’d call “a character,” mouthy and stubborn (I know she wouldn’t mind me saying this — she’d consider it a compliment). And she was not afraid of anything or anybody.
Margaret had some sayings that are famous in her family:
“Don’t trust anybody any further than you can throw them.”
When asked how she was doing, she would always say, “I’m doing everyone I can. And the easy ones twice!”
“If it’s not bleeding, it doesn’t hurt! So shut up about it.”
She once told her daughter, “Don’t worry about how your house looks. Your friends won’t care and your enemies can all go to hell.”
If asked what she was doing, she would say, “I’m behaving … Dammit!”
Anybody that ever ate at our house probably got their finger stuck in the butter — it was something that never failed to amuse her whenever anybody passed the butter.
She loved to have the family over, for all occasions — birthdays, holidays, whatever. When they bought their last house, they had it built so the dining room would be big enough to hold our whole family for dinner. We’d eat ourselves silly and then go for a walk around the subdivision afterwards. There were a lot of us, talking and laughing, and throwing frisbees back and forth. We looked like a parade going down the street!
Even when she was very old and had Alzheimer’s disease, she loved to have the family around her. She might not always remember our names, but she knew we were somebody special to her. She died peacefully at the age of 98.
Goodbye Margaret. You will be missed! You were one of a kind!
At Margaret's request, cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI at later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the V.F.W. Post 701, 123 N. Rosemary St., Lansing, MI 48917 in memory of Margaret Shaw.

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Cremation has taken place. No services will be held at this time.

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