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In Memory of

Marion Shaw

June 11, 1926 - October 12, 2016

Obituary


Third generation native Dallasite, Mrs. Ralph Halladay Shaw, Jr. (Marion Dean Gauldin Shaw), died peacefully in her sleep on October 12, 2016. She was born on June 11, 1926 to Hattie Bell Merritt Gauldin and Jesse Dean Gauldin, a pioneer Dallas family. Her father, Judge Dean Gauldin, was District Attorney of Dallas during World War II and a judge for eighteen years thereafter. Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Robert J. Gauldin, was Chief of Obstetrics at Baylor Hospital at the time of her birth, President of the Dallas County Medical Society, and served on the Dallas...

Third generation native Dallasite, Mrs. Ralph Halladay Shaw, Jr. (Marion Dean Gauldin Shaw), died peacefully in her sleep on October 12, 2016. She was born on June 11, 1926 to Hattie Bell Merritt Gauldin and Jesse Dean Gauldin, a pioneer Dallas family. Her father, Judge Dean Gauldin, was District Attorney of Dallas during World War II and a judge for eighteen years thereafter. Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Robert J. Gauldin, was Chief of Obstetrics at Baylor Hospital at the time of her birth, President of the Dallas County Medical Society, and served on the Dallas City Council.
Marion was a graduate of Sunset High School and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She received a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1948.
At the beginning of the television era, she was co-host of the first regularly scheduled series of cooking programs broadcast from a Dallas television station. She was a member of the American Home Economics Association and North Texas chairman of both the Home Economists in Business and the Home Economists in Homemaking sections of the Texas Home Economics Association.
Ralph and Marion Shaw were married October 8, 1954 in Wynne Chapel at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed thirty-nine years together before his death on January 26, 1993. They especially enjoyed world travel and were fortunate to be able to travel extensively.
As a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, she served as a Deacon for six years and an Elder for nine years, was involved in early childhood education for over 50 years, and was an adult teacher. She was president of the Presbyterian Women in 1975-76. She was given an honorary life membership in the Women of the Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and also in the Texas Parent Teachers Association after serving as president of the Richardson High School PTA. She was a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity at the University of Texas, the Dallas Woman's Club, the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, the Craig Class, Northwood Club, City Club, Cimmeron Club, S'Amuse' Thylia Dance Clubs, and Bonnet and Spur Square Dance Clubs.
In her early seventies, she became active in NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as a board member and teacher of their education courses. She was honored by NAMI Dallas with a Lifetime Achievement award and enjoyed working with them until the age of ninety.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen Shaw and Teresa Shaw Gill and her husband DeWayne Gill, and four sons, Ralph Shaw, III (Regina) of Hickory, N.C., Larry Shaw (Windy), Greg Shaw (Beth) of Houston, Richard Shaw (Elizabeth) and 13 grandchildren (Leighton, Dean, Wesley, Jennifer, Catherine, Andrew, Cameron, Brandon, Connor, Caroline, Nathaniel, and Sarah).
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the sanctuary of Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Highland Park Presbyterian Church Foundation which was initiated and organized by her husband. The address is 3821 University Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205. Or, memorials may be sent to NAMI Dallas at 2812 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204.