Vesta Taylor Shaw passed away Feb. 5, 2014 in Aurora, Colo.

She was born March 24, 1912, in Throckmorton, Texas. She was the second of five children born to Ted and Nannie Taylor. Vesta’s maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Ophelia Foster, were among the original settlers of Throckmorton. Mr. Foster was a drummer in the Civil War.

Vesta graduated from Throckmorton High School in 1930. She was very athletic as a girl and this is probably one of the main reasons that she lived such a long healthy life. She would have been 102 in March. On her 100th birthday she received a card from President Obama congratulating her for attaining such a goal.


She married Ray Shaw, a native of Olney, Texas, in 1934 and they began their married life in Dallas. Ray joined the Air Force shortly after they were married. She was able to accompany him to several of his domestic assignments. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Ray went to work for CONOCO. They were located in Bowie, Texas, when their only child, Ronnie Shaw, was born. Soon after this they were reassigned to Jacksboro, Texas. Ronnie attended school and graduated from Jacksboro High.

Her parents, siblings, son and numerous others preceded Vesta in death. She is survived by Ronnie’s four children: Michael Shaw and his wife and two children of Henderson, Nev.; Jennifer Shaw Jones and her three children of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Kelly Shaw Moon and her husband and child of Cottonwood, Calif.; and Alex Shaw of Reno, Nev.

She died at the home of her niece and family in Aurora, CO. Cremation has taken place at her request. Remains have been forwarded to Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home in Olney, Texas. Interment was at the family plot in Olney, with graveside services.