Retha Mae Shaw, 66, Quenemo: March 2, 1954 – Dec. 16, 2020

QUENEMO, Kan. – Retha Mae (Fine) Shaw, 66, Quenemo, Kan., departed this life Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 2, 1954, in Ottawa, Kan., the daughter of Thomas and Velma (Turner) Fine.

She grew up in Quenemo and graduated from Quenemo High School in 1972.

On Sept. 30, 1972, at Quenemo Baptist Church, Quenemo, Retha was united in marriage to Sanford “Sandy” Harold Shaw. They shared more than 48 years of marriage. To this union they shared a daughter, Valerie Dawn.

Retha was employed for more than 30 years as a typesetter for Ramsey Printing, Ottawa. She also worked at HD Lee for two years, baked donuts at Casey’s for four years, and her favorite job was cooking in the kitchen hall at West Franklin High School for more than 13 years.

Retha enjoyed crocheting, reading, and computer gaming. She did not like to travel, but she always enjoyed her vacationing trips with her husband, Sandy, specifically her favorites were Hawaii, the Smokey Mountains, and Alaska. Retha had a passion for nature and animals, especially her hummingbirds. Most of all, Retha loved spending time with her family and friends and took much joy in attending all of her grandchildren’s school activities. Retha’s warm spirit and love will be expressed in all her family’s daily lives forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Michael Fine and Drew Tracey.

Retha is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Sandy Shaw, of the home; her daughter, Valerie Dawn Shaw (Troy Gavel), Ottawa; three brothers, Alan Fine, Quenemo, Dean Fine (Patti), Pomona, Kan., and Jack Fine of Michigan Valley, Kan.; four grandchildren, Jordan, Coleman (Ashli), Colt (Jacke), and Tucker; and a great-grandchild, Mora.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon, Kansas. The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter of Ottawa, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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