Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gertrude "Gertie" Fields Shaw, 90, of Shell Knob, passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, in Ozark Mountain Regional Healthcare Center, Crane.

She was born March 10, 1919, in Susank, Kan., the daughter of Warren and Laura (Shell) Sellens. On May 25, 1935, in Cassville, she was united in marriage to Jessie Fields, who preceded her in death on June 6, 1982. Several years later she married Earl Shaw, who also preceded her in death. Others preceding her in death were her parents; three daughters, Barbara McComb, Velma Leabo and Zelma Baleso; one granddaughter; three brothers, Warren, Richard and Roy Sellens; and one sister, Dorothy Radke.

Survivors include: one daughter, Helen Watts and her husband, Earl, of Shell Knob; one sister, Mary Walston, of Palestine, Texas; seven grandchildren; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She received her education in Kansas and finished in Galena. She owned and operated a restaurant in Quenemo, Kan., for one year and worked in a restaurant in Ottawa, Kan., several years. After moving to Shell Knob in 2003, she worked in a restaurant a short time. She was an active member of Shell Knob First Baptist Church, a life-time member of VFW Auxiliary #5901, Ottawa, Kan., and the Eagles Auxiliary in Ottawa.

Funeral services were held Sunday in Shell Knob First Baptist Church, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob with Pastor Bob Gaddis officiating.

Graveside services were Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona, Kan., under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Pastor Bob Gaddis conducted the services.

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