Celebrating the life of Rebecca Routon Shaw
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Born September 10, 1925 in Cairo, Georgia, she moved to Gadsden County, Florida when she was a year old. As a child, Rebecca, her parents and sister Sarah moved between Quincy and Havana. She enjoyed lifelong connections with many dear friends and relatives from her childhood.
In June 1947, she was in the first graduating class of Florida State University, previously Florida State College for Women where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. While at Florida State, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
After spending a couple of months assisting in a children's home in Jacksonville, Florida, Rebecca returned to Quincy and married Charles Richard "Dick" Shaw, Jr., a Quincy native and shade tobacco farmer. Years after Dick's passing in 1984, she began farming timber and continued to live on and operate her beloved El Dorado Farm south of Quincy for the rest of her life.
Following her marriage, Rebecca became an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Quincy. She taught children's Sunday school, served on various church circles and often arranged flowers in the sanctuary for Sunday morning services. In 2013, she was recognized by the church as an Honorary Life Member.
She also was a Brownie Scout leader and an active member of the Quincy Garden Club.
Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Elma Routon, her sister Sarah Fortson, her husband "Dick" Shaw, Jr. and her grandson Lt. John Shaw Vaughan.
Survivors include her three children: "Dick" Shaw, III (Cheryl) of Golden, Colorado, Sarah Vaughan of Vail, Colorado and Leewood Shaw of Tallahassee; her grandchildren: Rebecca Christeson (Rock) and Walker Shaw M.D. of Denver Colorado and Maxwell Shaw (Chelsea) of Golden, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews
A graveside service will be held October 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy followed by a Celebration of Life at Sawano Country Club for family and friends at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, Thornwell Home for Children or Boy Scouts of America (Suwannee River Area Council).
Charles McClellan Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida is in charge of arrangements.
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