Nancy Z Shaw

June 28, 1937April 24, 2018
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Nancy, known as “Nan” by those who knew and loved her, made her transition on April 24, 2018. Her sweet smile and love of a good joke made her the darling of all who knew her. Born of parents Lorraine and Leonard Zastrow on June 28, 1937, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Nancy’s love of fashion lead to a short career as a model for her aunt’s dress shop in Wausau. She later working as a telephone operator in Wausau, before finding a career as a Braniff Airlines Stewardess. While both were working for Braniff Airlines she met and fell in love with Robert “Bob” Shaw. They married on November 24, 1960 in Wausau, Wisconsin. They moved to Dallas in 1967, and remained enjoying the warm climate, but never losing her Wisconsinite accent and sayings. A consummate homemaker, Nancy and Bob were never without a cat or two in their lives. Nan also welcomed any and all neighborhood kids for an impromptu swim lesson or party. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Nan loved good food and socializing, enjoyed going to movies and plays with friends, the daily crossword puzzles and had a wonderful smile that could light up a room. Nan was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Bob Shaw. She was also predeceased by her sisters Lorraine “Bubs” Zimmerman and Marlene “Sis” Tanking. Nancy is survived by her niece and nephews, Mike Rossi, Janine Tanking, Christopher Tanking, and niece Jane Tanking. A memorial service will be held April 28, 2018 at 1:00pm with Rhoton Funeral Home, with private burial at DFW National Cemetery.


  • Survived by her niece and nephews, Mike Rossi, Janine Tanking, Christopher Tanking, and niece Jane Tanking.


  • Inurnment Monday, June 25, 2018

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May 31, 2018

Mrs. Shaw brings to mind the scripture found in Ecclesiastes 3:13 that says "Everyone should eat and drink and find enjoyment for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.” The fond memories shared about Nancy shows she took pride in her work yet found great enjoyment in the time shared with others. May these joyous moments be remembered forever as we look forward to be reunited again. ( John 5:28,29. Revelation 21:4 )

Stephanie Stephens

April 30, 2018

Ms. Shaw was one of my patients for many years. I had been treating her knee arthritis, and had planned to eventually do knee replacement surgery. I haven't seen her in about 2 years, and was so saddened to hear that she had passed away. She was one of my favorite patients -- always full of joy, with quit wit and a funny story. My favorite story was how she and her best friend (also a patient of mine) had gotten a flat tire, and how they flirted as they rode in the cab with the tow truck driver. She was a joy to take care of, and will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace, Ms. Shaw. And say hi to my mom when you get to Heaven, she's now up there too!

Jill Parker Snow

April 30, 2018

Another one of our Beautiful Braniff girls has gone on to be with so many of our Braniff Family . I did know Nancy and found that her personality was not only Fabulous but, also full of Fun and tenderness for the human race . especially children and Yes, she could cook and no one went hungry if you were with her ..She was amazing and always made me proud to be in her circle of friends, acquaintances and social gatherings.. May God rest her soul and as she looks down to see us with a smile on our faces and tears rolling down our cheeks.. I want her to know that she made an impact on me many years ago .. LOVE you , NAN and know that you will always be one of my favorite BI Flight attendants. Thanks for being a huge part of our lives .. kindest thoughts and Blessings to all of YOU .. JILL PARKER SNOW

Betty Rosenberg

April 28, 2018

Nancy and I met on the airplane flying us to Dallas from Chicago in 1958. The hostess on board knew we were both going for training to become hostesses with Braniff. We didn't know each other, until she introduced us and sat us together. From that day forward, Nancy and I became roommates while flying for Braniff (and afterward had remained best friends all these years!)
After training, we shared an apartment with Connie and Mary. The 4 of us would play cards and games while sitting next to the phone, waiting to be called as reserves in case a scheduled hostess became ill. Since it was before cell phones, we couldn't leave our landline phone in case we got the call. Consequently, many hours were spent at the game table or swimming pool, where Nan was our " court jester". She was also our personal chef, and even on a low budget, gave us many delicious and fun meals around the table as well. She would regale us with stories from school days, family, and her many friends from Wisconsin. She was always quick with clever retort and fast wit. Those moments taught us that laughter is like glue the binds us together. I can't think of Nan without a smile on her beautiful face. Thank you, Nan, for being a connection between 4 gals that will never be separated from those great memories.
While I couldn't be there personally, I know you feel my spirit in the room.
Fly the skies in peace, dear Nan!

With love always, Betty....with sentiments from Connie Biggar and Mary Doherty