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

Gloria,
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.

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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.

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