Gloria A. Shaw

Gloria Anne Taylor Shaw of Mountain Home, Arkansas, passed away June 12, 2022, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, at the age of 77. She was born March 22, 1945, in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Carl and Vedetta Mepham Nichols. She played piano since she was a little girl, and she always dreamed of going to Julliard School of Music, but life had other plans. She was employed by the Lansing State Journal for 25 years and was the founder of “Friends for Felines, Inc.”  She married Michael Shaw on December 17, 2009, in Charlotte, Michigan. Gloria lived in Mountain Home since moving from Michigan, in 2021. She spent much of her adult life rescuing and re-homing cats.

“The God of the whole gave a living soul to furred and feathered things. And I am my brothers keeper and I will fight his fight and speak for the beast and the bird til the world shall set things right.”

Gloria is survived by her husband, Michael Shaw of Mountain Home, AR; two sons, Paul (Norma) Toaz and Mark (Angie) Toaz; daughter, Dawn (Marty) Herman; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Carl (Linda) Nichols; special childhood friend, Barb Sisco; Michael’s four children and their children; and many other wonderful friends and her sweet felines.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St.  The family will receive friends at the funeral for one hour prior to the service on Thursday the 14th.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Ingham County Animal Control or the MS Research Society.

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Laura Olson
June 16, 2022 at 8:09 pm

You were a true loving soul. I always was proud to know you at LSJ and support friends for felines as were my family. A truly kind soul!! Sending love to your family and furbabies. You will be missed.

Allie Phillips
June 19, 2022 at 7:07 pm

My dear Gloria, you were a 2nd mom to me. No matter how much time passed in between seeing you, we always picked up as if no time had passed. You changed the world with your love of cats and rescuing so many. Your dedication not only changed the lives of thousands of cats, but of the people who loved the cats. I will miss you greatly.

Karole Hull White
July 11, 2022 at 5:01 pm

Dear Gloria,
The years since Everett high school are many, but I’ll never forget you and the time we spent together at lunch. God’s Peace to your family. Karole Hull White

Barbara sisco
July 12, 2022 at 10:32 pm

Gloria. I will always miss you. Growing up together was so special and we always had so much fun. Our friendship lasted a lifetime and the loss cannot be expressed. You fought the fight with bravery and a smile and now is your time to shine above. You always said you wished we could go back to old times growing up. God will give you that and more. Love you now and forever. Barb

Karen Borton
July 13, 2022 at 4:45 pm

Dear Sweet Gloria! I have wonderful memories of working with you at Lansing State Journal. We had a lot of good laughs! Thank you for being a good friend & teaching Whitney to play the piano. Rest in peace Gloria! I love you! Karen

Patience Miller
August 3, 2022 at 9:02 pm

You were such a dedicated person to help the cats. I truly enjoyed my time fostering for you and going to the adoption events and seeing the cats find happy homes. I enjoyed going to lunch with you and will miss you greatly. The world has lost a kind and compassionate soul.


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