Mary G. Shaw, 97, homemaker, secretary

April 21, 2005

Mary G. Shaw, a homemaker and former secretary who had more than 160 descendants spanning four generations, died of a stroke Monday at her Catonsville home. She was 97.

Born Mary Grace McCummings in Baltimore and raised on 34th Street, she earned a business diploma at the old St. Paul's School in East Baltimore. She then became a secretary to architects Edward L. Palmer and William D. Lamdin and prepared construction documents for St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church, which they designed in the mid-1920s.

In 1929, she married J. Robert Shaw. Her husband, a certified public accountant and vice president of the Maryland Hotel Supply Co., died in 1984.

She traveled to 44 states and throughout Europe.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church on U.S. 40, where she had been a member.

Survivors include four sons, J. Robert Shaw Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M., James G. Shaw of Swanton, and Thomas R. Shaw and Timothy L. Shaw, both of Catonsville; three daughters, Nan Krug of West Friendship, Pat Glover of Columbia and Mary Jane "Sue" Hall of Catonsville; 46 grandchildren; 100 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. A son, John E. Shaw, died in 2001.

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