Shaw, Mary Claire Call

December 2, 2018

Mary Claire Call Shaw September 14, 1959 - November 5, 2018 Mary Claire Call Shaw, age 59, passed away peacefully at her home in Mapleton, Utah on November 5, 2018. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho on September 14, 1959 as the fourth child and oldest daughter of Dr. Lloyd and Beverly Call. Mary attended schools in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1977. She began her collegiate studies at BYU and received her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. She later received her master’s equivalency as a Certified Clinical Chaplain from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, with dual emphasis in Children’s Grief, and Death and Dying. While studying at BYU she met and married Steven W. Shaw. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on May 16, 1980. To this union came four beautiful children. Over the years Steve’s work as an attorney took them to Idaho, California, Nevada and Utah, but she always thought of Idaho as her home. As a youth Mary was a natural athlete and a born competitor. Although she excelled in many sports, she felt most at home on the tennis court. After winning the Idaho State High School Tennis Championship and playing on the BYU tennis team, she played at San Francisco State where she took first place in doubles and third place in singles at the NCAA National Championships. After graduation she continued to teach tennis in California, Idaho and Utah. As a child and throughout her life, Mary’s influence for good was boundless and diverse. She made friends easily, and people quickly came to love her. She had a way of making everyone around her feel good about themselves. Even as a competitor, she was known for her ever-present kindness, her cheerful smile, and her cute sense of humor. Mary had a special gift with children who were naturally drawn to her. Somehow she knew how to reach each child, and loved teaching them the lessons of life as they played together. For a time she worked as the director of Canary Garden, a center providing counseling to grieving children. All the children in her life, and especially her grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews, will miss her deeply. Mary also had a special connection with women in crisis. These troubled women seemed to sense her love for them, and trusted her with their most intimate feelings. She magnified this gift as she worked in several prisons with female as well as male inmates, teaching LDS Institute, as well as life skills and anger management. She later worked as a chaplain with abused women, and with dying patients on hospice. Mary was exceptionally creative and excelled in her hobbies, including award-winning photography, fly-fishing, and most recently water-color painting. She had an artist’s eye and found beauty all around her. Her creativity and unique touch were evident in all she did. Mary was proud to be a citizen of our great country, and loved classical music, camping, holidays, nature, traveling, family gatherings, butterflies, and playing at the nickel arcade. Mary touched many lives and will be missed by so many. Her quick wit, goofy sense of humor, drive for adventure, and connection with others will never be forgotten. Later in her life, Mary developed a series of serious and debilitating illnesses that would have slowed most good people down. But not Mary. During these years her unstoppable drive and positive attitude never wavered. Her example will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew her as she not only taught us, but also showed us, how to do very hard things with a smile and a kind word for all. Mary lived life to the fullest and loved almost everything about it. But her greatest love was for her dear husband Steve, her four wonderful children, and being Nana to her seven beautiful grandchildren, Anson, Eliza, Porter, Mylee, Hunter, Sage and Bronson. Mary was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and was dedicated to her beliefs and relationship with her Savior, Jesus Christ. She had a drive to serve others as the Savior did, as was evident in the way she lived her life. She is survived by her husband, Steve (Mapleton, UT); her four children, Myra (Danny) Lynch (Mapleton), Michael (Ali) Shaw (Des Moines, IA), Natalie (G.) Burgess (Orem), and William Shaw (Provo); and her seven grandchildren. She is also survived by her father, Dr. Lloyd Call of Pocatello; her three brothers, Ben (Jackie) Call (Pocatello), Tom (Jayne) Call (Pocatello), Jim (Jeri) Call (Aurora, CO); and her sister Martha (Dave) Scott (Twin Falls). Her mother, Beverly Call, preceded her in death in 2006. The funeral and internment was held in Mapleton, Utah on November 10, 2018.

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