Mary Virginia Shaver
1957 – 2015
It is with sadness that we learnt of the passing of Mary Virginia Shaver, 57, of Fayetteville, GA on April 26, 2015 at Southwest Christian Care Hospice. She was born in Tracy, California to Virginia Lee McCray Shaver and Edward George Shaver. Mary graduated with honours from St. Mary’s College of California. In 1978, Mary spent a summer semester at Warnborough College, Oxford where she made many friends, and fulfilled her wish to be an ‘ambassador for the United States, and for her Saviour, Jesus Christ.’
Mary followed in her father’s footsteps and worked for Bechtel Corporation, then later Pacific Gas and Electric before retiring early and moving from California to Fayetteville in 1994 to be near family. She quickly became involved with her Aunt Norma Smith’s Bridge Club, and expanded that hobby to include several more clubs. Mary was faithful to her Aunt’s friends and cared for many of them as well as her other “bridge ladies”. She leaves behind to mourn a host of faithful friends and family.
Mary was a lifelong animal lover and after extensive research decided to bring Bernese Mountain Dogs into her home. She raised and fostered eight dogs, many of whom were rescued animals. Mary formerly was active in many community groups including Fayette Republican Party, Fayette Kiwanis Club, and Humane Society. Most recently she was active in the Chattahoochee Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club, and Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America.
Mary’s last months were eased by the loving, compassionate care she received from Southwest Christian Care Hospice, and particularly Nurse Barbara Atkinson. Mary was not afraid of death, she knew she was going home to be with her Lord, and would be reunited with many family members and friends.
Mary will be missed by all those who knew her at Warnborough. If you wish to remember Mary with a memorial gift, she preferred you choose Southwest Christian Care Hospice, 7225 Lester Rd, Union City, GA 30291, USA.