Mrs. Elizabeth (Lib) Blackwelder Shaw, age 97 of North Wilkesboro and widow of Dr. Conrad A. Shaw, Sr., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 14, 2023. She was born on September 7, 1925 in Mooresville, NC to Cordia Blackwelder. She is survived by her son, Conal, and Annette Shaw of Roanoke, VA; daughter, Cathy, and Steve Snipes of Wilkesboro, NC; granddaughter, Catherine, and Mac Marlow of The Colony, TX; grandson, Jonathan, and Stacie Shaw of Richmond, VA; granddaughter, Laura, and David Brooks of Wilkesboro, NC; granddaughter, Rachel, and Eric Sutphin of Wilkesboro, NC; great grandson, Nathaniel Marlow of The Colony, TX; great granddaughter, Olivia Marlow of The Colony, TX; great granddaughter, Caroline Shaw of Richmond, VA; great grandsons, Connor, Corbin, and Collin Brooks of Wilkesboro, NC; and loving caregivers Penni Sheets, Teresa Johnson, Pam Ferguson, and Shirley Poore.
Mrs. Shaw graduated from Mooresville High School in 1942 and attended Appalachian Teacher’s College where she met Conrad, who was the love of her life for over 74 wonderful years. They married on December 21, 1945. After graduating from Appalachian Teacher’s College, the Shaws moved to Wilkesboro to teach business subjects in 1948. Mrs. Shaw was a business teacher at Millers Creek School, East Wilkes High School, and Wilkes Central High School. She retired from Wilkes County Schools after 39 years of service on June 12, 1996 and continued to teach business classes at Wilkes Community College for the next five years. Her educational career spanned 44 years, most of which were in Wilkes County, and although she was a strict typing teacher, she cared tremendously about her students. Seeing former students and attending class reunions brought her great joy.
Mrs. Shaw was a member of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro where she was a member and teacher of the Philathea Sunday School Class for many years. She loved the church and loved serving the Lord.
Mrs. Shaw and her husband were charter members of the western square dance club, the Tory Oak Twirlers, which they remained in for 31 years. She also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and to many other countries with her friends, as well as weekly domino games.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Dr. Bert Young and Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM prior to the service in the chapel.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, PO Box 458, N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659 and Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes, PO Box 1072, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.
Online condolences may be made to www.reinssturdivant.com.
First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro
PO Box 458, North Wilkesboro NC 28659
Samaritan's Kitchen of Wilkes
PO Box 1072, Wilkesboro NC 28697