LaVerne Jane Shaw was a “one of a kind” person who brought unparalleled blessings to all around her for more than 85 years of her life.
She was born on Sunday August 23, 1936 to James William and Edith Alfredia Stewart and died on Monday May 16, 2022.
She was born in the farming community of Loyal (in the same house where her father was born) and was one of five children, including a brother who died in a childhood accident before he was born.
She graduated from Omega High School.
Shortly after, while visiting her father, who had by then made California his home, she met Ralph Shaw (who was in California as part of his Navy service but also happened to be a boy from Oklahoma).
After a brief courtship, they were married on Thursday, June 30, 1955.
It was a marriage that was to last the rest of his life (nearly 67 years).
They first settled in California and lived in Norwalk, welcoming their beloved daughter (and only child), Kathy Dawn Shaw, in 1958.
In 1962, they returned to Oklahoma and settled in Del City, where they raised their daughter and lived for 28 years.
Meanwhile, while Ralph worked at Fleming Foods, LaVerne found employment at Tinker Air Force Base, where she worked for 42 years.
She served in a variety of positions at the TAFB during those years, including working at the Officers’ Club, coordinating the local effort for the Office of Personnel Management’s Combined Federal Campaign (a major mid- work for federal employees and retirees) and as a protocol officer. .
She loved her job immensely and was proud to be a civilian able to serve her country doing a job she loved.
Conversely, the TAFB staff (including many high-ranking officers who respectfully referred to her as “Mrs. Shaw”) loved her so much that when she announced her intention to retire, they begged her to stay. just a little longer, which she gladly accepted.
Even when she worked full time for TAFB, she always found time to spend with her family and friends.
If she didn’t spend time (on the phone or in person) with her parents (including the two mothers-in-law she adored), siblings, extended family, or friends (many of whom were family as far as she cared), she was almost always found with her daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren and (later) great-grandchildren.
Above all, she was tirelessly devoted to her family and her constant love, care and support were so defining that they were indelibly etched on all who were blessed to share this life with her.
The legacy of kindness that poured down from her for so many years is the only balm that now soothes the unfathomable sense of loss that those of us left behind now feel after her departure.
LaVerne was predeceased by her brother, Bobby Stewart (died in infancy before her birth); her stepfather, Orvalle T. Stewart; his mother, Edith Alfredia Stewart (née Edsall); his stepmother, Letty Louise Stewart (née Bosshammer); her father, James William Stewart; his second stepmother, Bertha Stewart (née Boyer); and his brother, Elmer William Stewart.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph D. Shaw, her sister and brother-in-law Rose Marie and Lenord Seedorf, her sister and brother-in-law Arlene Faye and Dr. Larry Biehler, her daughter and son-in-law. Kathy and Alan Hoffines. Also, his grandchildren Adam Hoffhines and his wife Heather, Aran Hoffhines and his wife Kari, Austin Hoffhines and Emily Cooper (née Hoffhines) and her husband Nicholas Cooper; and seven great-grandchildren, Clara, Coralee and Maxson Hoffhines, Caden and Aspen Hoffhines, and Calan and Charlet Cooper.
A funeral service was held on Saturday May 21 at Christ Church in Oakdale, Edmond.