Oct. 25, 1929 — Sept. 23, 2015
Barbara F. Shaw, 85, of Arch Cape, passed unexpectedly Sept. 23, 2015. She was born to the late Ralph and Lucy Forbes, Oct 25, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Barbara and family often vacationed to Arch Cape, Oregon, and eventually acquired property there as the family getaway.
She graduated from Queen Ann High School and went on to received her B.A. in art from Lewis and Clark College in 1951. After graduation, she married James R. Shaw June 9, 1951, and raised two sons in California until coming home to Arch Cape, as she put it, in 1978.
Barbara was very passionate about helping women get and further education, and joined the NY PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization) 60 years ago in Redding, California. To continue this desire, Barbara helped charter the FB PEO Cannon Beach, Oregon chapter, and is the last of 13 original charter members.
Barbara was constantly doing for others. Many of us have been exposed to her resilience and strength in this community, always at the right place, right time, to solve the problem or just be a great friend. For 85 years her life’s passions never slowed, from the everyday walks on the beach, to running her bed and breakfast for 35 years in Arch Cape, maintaining her vegetable garden, playing the organ at the First Church of Christian Science in Gearhart, going to the garden club, to the book club, and babysitting her granddaughter from time to time. This kind of fortitude, and giving, has left all her friends and family knowing how much she loved us all.
Barbara is survived by her husband, James R. Shaw of Arch Cape, Oregon; two sons, James R. Shaw III of Pleasant Hill, California, and Robert S. Shaw of Manzanita, Oregon; and two grandchildren, Benjamin D. Shaw of Humboldt, California, and Emma M. Shaw of Manzanita, Oregon.
Memorial contributions can be made to Chapter FB Cannon Beach PEO, awarded in her name: Women Seeking Advancement, c/o Janet Kenny, P.O. Box 2118, Gearhart, OR 97138-2218.
A celebration of Barbara will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, between 2 and 5 p.m., at the new Arch Cape Fire Station, 79279 U.S. Highway 101, located just after the Cannon Beach wayside pullout on the east, coming from the north on Highway 101; from the south, just after the Castle Rock Estates.