Virginia "Diane" Shaw

December 16, 1936April 30, 2021
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Virginia “Diane” Shaw, 84, passed away peacefully April 30, 2021 after a long battle with lung cancer. Diane was born December 16, 1936 in Goose Creek, Texas to Robert and Virginia Gilmore. Her father’s job had the family moving often, so Diane grew up around east Texas and Louisiana, but the family considered Nacogdoches, Texas home. After graduating from Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi, Diane attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she met her soulmate, a long legged basketball player named Murray Shaw. Murray and Diane married in July of 1955 and moved to Austwell-Tivoli, Texas before landing in Austin in 1961. It was there they would make their forever home. Raising four children, Diane was more than busy. She was on the move with little league sports, PTA, school, and drill team, and being the “other Mother” to countless of her children’s friends. She was always available with an ear to listen and supported her family, friends, and the many kids she came to love as her own. From Arbor Lane to Bayton Loop, south Austin people knew where to come for a glass of her world famous sweet tea, advice, good conversation, some laughs, and an occasional glass of wine. Her southern hospitality always made you feel her home was your home and you were family. Diane was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, and shortly afterwards, her husband of 45 years lost his own battle with cancer. She could have folded tent and given up, but Diane Shaw would go on to define the meaning of courage, faith, perseverance, and living. She endured countless medical appointments, surgeries, and treatments, all while faithfully being a Mom, DD, sister, aunt, great aunt, and friend. Her greatest love was her family; she was happiest with her children and grandchildren around. She wanted nothing more than to be with them as long as she could. Her faith never wavered, and she fought until our Lord called her home. Diane is predeceased by her parents, husband Murray Shaw and son Joe Shaw. She is survived by her sister Judy and husband Ken Dixon; sons Bob and wife Rene and Bill and wife Dana; daughter Amy and husband Sachin Parekh; and grandchildren Alyssa and Reagan Shaw and Evan Parekh. Bob, Bill, and Amy would like to thank Dr. Carsten Kampe, Dr. Dennis Tweedy, Dr. Thomas Tucker, and the staff at Texas Oncology for never giving up on Mom. To the staff and caregivers at Watermark of Southpark Meadows, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for loving Mom and filling in for us during 2020 when we could not see her. Heartfelt love and appreciation to her caregivers Jasmine and Vickie of Halcyon for their constant care, love, kindness, and support these last several months. Lastly, we are eternally grateful for the ongoing love and support from her wonderful neighbors and friends. Visitation will take place Thursday May 13, 5:00-8:00PM at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks, 6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas 78749. Services will be held Friday May 14, 11:00AM at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks with a graveside and reception to follow. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA Austin, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, or the charity of your choice.


  • Jon Sellstrom
  • Johnny McNamara
  • Michael Powers
  • Nicholas Powers
  • John Lewis
  • Lance Dixon
  • Todd Dixon
  • Reagan Shaw
  • Evan Parekh


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 14, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Reception

    Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Reception Following Services

    Friday, May 14, 2021


Virginia "Diane" Shaw

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Elva Crawford Gladney

May 15, 2021

Diane and Murray lived across the street from our family (the Crawfords) on Rockwood in Austin, Texas. Murray was still coaching/teaching then and Diane was creating the loving home she was so famous for. They were a beautiful family with 2 boys at the time (Joe came later while they still lived on Rockwood), and I had the pleasure of babysitting them. Our whole family loved the Shaws and my favorite memory of Diane, besides her kindness, was that she gave me the book Rebecca to read which made me feel so grown up that she thought I was old enough to read it. Sending love and prayers to the family....Diane and Murray are rejoined in Heaven.

Shannon Sellstrom

May 12, 2021

Sooooo much love & laughter is packed into the life of beautiful Diane. Whether at the house, at a ball game, or at one of many celebrations, Diane always made us feel special.... and carried that right on to my boys. I loved our visits with just a few gathered, in a bigger crowd, and especially those hilarious “Mom-gossip” sessions I would listen in on so long ago, before running off to hang with the kids . Jon & I laughed so much with her at our last face-to-face time. Sending all our love to the whole family. It is truly a blessing that you will carry her huge love with you forever ❤️

Billy Alford

May 10, 2021

Diane was always so kind to me and made me feel at home with that southern hospitality whenever we would visit. A life well lived, rest in peace Diane.

Betsy LaVigne Ford

May 10, 2021

My sincere sympathies to the whole Shaw Family. What fun memories I have of Billy, Bobby, Joe, and Amy in your first years as Judy and I would babysit with you guys for Diane and Murray. May God be with you all during this difficult time. Betsy LaVigne Ford


May 10, 2021

Mrs. Shaw was the second Mom to every child in our neighborhood, and each of us just knew that we were her favorite. Her kindness, her beautiful smile, and her ebullient spirit, with which she lifted everyone around her, will live on in so many hearts. Gentle Journey Home, Mrs Shaw. Until we meet again.

Iris and Riley Walker

May 7, 2021

So many good memories of the Shaw family! Diane was a great friend and such a wonderful mom and grandmother. She loved her family passionately! Our sympathy for all the family. We love y’all. May the Lord give you peace and comfort as you grieve.

Lisa McCafferty

May 5, 2021

My heart breaks for all of you. I will miss Diane forever.

Debra Hunkeapillar

May 5, 2021

Thinking of you Bill, and praying for you during this difficult time. God bless you and the family!

Laura Driscoll

May 3, 2021

Dear Sweet , Wonderful Shaw Family,
I am so very sad for you all. Your Mom was such a life force. You were so blessed to have such a loving and spirited Mom, and she touched so many lives. I was so happy to know those Shaw boys and see how special your family was, and watch Joe with her, too.
Continued healing and peace be with you all at this time.
So very sorry.

Jayshree & Sharad Parekh

May 2, 2021

Dearest Amy, Sachin and Evan:

We are very sorry and deeply saddened that your beloved mom/grandma has passed on leaving her grieving loved ones behind to be in a much higher place. Diane was an amazing mother, and a wonderful human being.. so loving, caring, kind and affectionate soul. She was truly loved and respected by her family, friends and everyone who got to know her up close. She will continue to be missed and remembered very dearly through her cherished memories by all.

Nobody in this world can ever take any of our parent’s place in our heart. Their love for their children and family is timeless and priceless. A mother is your best friend and your guiding light to carry you and see you throughout stages in your life. She is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory.

Our heartfelt condolences to you and everyone in the Shaw family. We share your grief with deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for strength, courage and comfort to bear your loss. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

We love you and hold you close in our hearts. God bless you!

With Deepest Sympathy,
Jayshree and Sharad
(Mom and Dad)
(Jay-Jay and Papa)