Cleo M Shaw

Nov. 13, 1921March 23, 2009



Cleo Gram Shaw passed away while in hospice care at Hearthstone Manor in Medford. Cleo and her twin brother, Cecil Bub Minton, were born in Glenburn, Calif., to parents, Robert and Madia Minton. Although Cleo did not graduate high school she went on to have several successful careers. Cleo started her career at a young age helping her father trapping muskrats and the occasional mink, then selling the pelts when the fur traders would come around. She went on to work at the Glenburn Store and Post Office, the Modern Market in Fall River Mills, Calif., the McArthur Mercantile in California, the Fall River Theater and Fall River Elementary School where she worked as a librarian, tutored children and worked in the office. In 1980 when Cleo moved to Sandy, Ore., to be close to her daughter, Bobbie, and her family, Cleo began volunteering at Kelso Elementary School, where her greatest works will be remembered. Gram Cleo volunteered by tutoring children in math and reading and helping in the library for 20 years. In the spring of 2001 Kelso Elementary School honored her for her countless hours of volunteering by renaming its library the Cleo Shaw Library. In 1999 Cleo had the honor to be Queen of the Sandy Mt. Festival.



Cleo loved to go camping, fishing and hunting. She would often take her grandchildren along camping and fishing. She loved to play board games, play cards, make crafts, pick berries and read. In her later years Gram enjoyed playing Zelda on her Nintendo and watching her great-grandchildren in their various sporting activities. She was always up for going out to eat and would never pass up a chance to go and play Bingo. Cleo had recently been attending Central Neighborhood Church with her daughter, grand-daughter and great-grandchildren.



Cleo is survived by her daughter, Bobbie; her husband, Gene, of Phoenix, Ore.; and her son, Jim and his wife, Sharon, of Allen, Texas. Cleo has eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; her brother; her beloved husband, Bazel Shaw, in 1978; and a grandson, Blake Tufts, in 2005.



A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Northridge Center in Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Home Care and Hospice Services of Rogue Valley Medical Center, 2960 Doctors Park Drive, Medford, OR 97504.