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Our Beloved mother, Katherine Robbins Shaw passed away on Jan. 24, 2013 at DGH with her family at her side. She is survived by her son, John William Shaw; daughter, Jane Shaw-Dailidenas and her grandson, Michael William Dailidenas.
Born April 30, 1919, Mother was a long time resident of Cambridge. She was daughter to Frank Robbins and Alice Fountain, sister to Carolyn Robbins Evans and loving wife to William Edgar Shaw. Mother and Daddy met at Cambridge High School and married Jan. 3, 1944. After World War II had ended, she accompanied her husband, Army Major Shaw, to Germany where they had great opportunities to travel around Europe during his tour of duty. They returned home in 1947 and she worked at WCEM on a morning radio show reading news and literature. Mother worked in the school system, at Western Publishing, for Dorchester General Hospital and in local retail. She was probably most in her groove, managing Home Helpers which helped place sitters in homes for the elderly or sick. Gentle compassion and the softest touch were given to all who were lucky enough to know her. Keeping in mind though, she was a Taurus! She could be very determined.
Mom was a great listener and lover of people. Her kitchen rocking chair seemed to have magnetic qualities. If she was sitting in it, people came to talk to Miss Kitty. If it was empty, people sat in it to share thoughts and feelings with Mother. She would stop what she was doing in the kitchen and sit with them always giving advice from the heart, if needed, or simply a glass of tea and Ritz crackers with peanut butter. Somewhere nearby were the house pets. She worked at the Humane Society during then, Lieutenant Colonel Shaw's, engagement in the Korean War and loved all things with four legs and a tail. She was infinitely patient with even the poorest mannered refugee and enchanted with many dog breeds. She cared for and loved; dachshunds, a collie, German shepherds, a whippet, a shitzu, a mixed breed mutt and assorted cats. Later in life we had to hide the "Pet of the Week" pictures in The Banner.
"Always a lady", is what people said. She was beautiful inside and out. A friend once introduced me to an elderly gentleman, as Kitty Shaw's daughter with a comment from my friend, that I was as pretty as my mom. The elderly gentleman said," Nope, nope. Kitty was the prettiest girl to ever walk the streets of Cambridge". I could only agree! We have been blessed with unconditional love, from this keeper of the best things our human spirit has to offer. You have always lighted the way for us Mother. We will continue to gaze at the heavens in search of your light. God bless and love you.
A visitation with family will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge from 1 to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Miss Kitty can be made to Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, Maryland 21613.
To send online condolences please visit www.newcombcollins.com
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