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Patricia S. Shaw

Dance enthusiast, world traveler, active member of Garden Club

Pat Shaw. (Courtesy photo)

Patricia S. (Flanders) Shaw, 85, died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at Apple Valley Center in Ayer, surrounded by the love of her family.

Her husband, the love of her life and dance partner for 50 years, Joseph B. “J.B.” Shaw, died in February 2008.

Pat was born in Lowell, Aug. 21, 1935, a daughter of Sheldon and Anna (Prowker) Flanders, and grew up in Tyngsboro. She was a graduate of Lowell High School and continued her education at a Lowell business college.

While J.B. served in the U.S. Air Force, Pat traveled extensively throughout Europe before returning home and settling in a home in Harvard built on family land on Cruft Lane. She resided there for nearly 60 years before moving to RiverCourt residences in Groton in 2017.

Pat was a bookkeeper for J.B.’s construction company and a dedicated full-time mom to their three children. She participated wholeheartedly in many adventures that her kids and grandchildren dreamed up. Pat was an amazing cook and gladly gathered her large and extended family around the table for most major holidays and birthday events.

After her children moved on to their own lives, Pat and Joe resumed their passion for travel and spending time with good friends, square dancing, ballroom dancing, and round dancing throughout the United States, Germany, and Canada.

Pat traveled with J.B. to tractor and engine shows where he showed off his collection of antique tractors and “one-lungers,” thereby adding greatly to their circle of friends.

In later years, Pat was very active in the Garden Club of Harvard, participating in many garden tours and the annual plant sale on Harvard Common and earning the lifelong membership award. Pat worked alongside Grace Cummings for many years, transplanting seedlings for the sale. She also planted and maintained the flowers at Harvard’s fire station and the watering trough. For many years Pat assisted Dorothy Andrews and Bob Reed in documenting, measuring, and cataloging some of the giant and ancient living trees of Harvard. She was a member of Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church, and as a Council on Aging volunteer, she helped prepare and serve weekly meals at Hildreth House. She was also an active member of the Harvard Historical Society.

She leaves her three children, Kathy Shaw and her husband Joe Gray of Auburn, Maine; Joseph Anthony “Tony” Shaw and his wife Lisa (Folkins) Shaw of Harvard; and Laurel Shaw of Westmoreland, New Hampshire.

Pat was also blessed with five grandchildren, Mark, Walter, and Karen Shaw, Michael and Steven Russo, and two great-grandchildren, Adeline and Jasper Russo.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held privately for family and friends, Thursday Feb. 18. Pat will be interred at Bellevue Cemetery in Harvard.

The Shaw family is grateful to the staff at RiverCourt and Apple Valley for their care and kindness; they enriched her life and the lives of her family more than words can convey.

Please consider planting a perennial in a location of your choice in her memory. To leave an online condolence, go to


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