Sherl Eileen Shaw
April 6, 1953 – July 23, 2020
Sherl Eileen Shaw was born April 6th, 1953 to Emmett and Patricia (Grandma Pat) Shaw in Tulsa, OK. Sherl departed this earth on July 23rd, 2020 at her home in Colorado Springs, CO. She was raised in the family home in Barnsdall, OK and graduated from Barnsdall High School in 1971. She moved on to Norman, OK to attend the University of Oklahoma where she graduated in the Spring of 1975. She then moved to Chickasha, OK and began a brief teaching career. She then moved to Duncan, OK and took a position as a Systems Analyst for Halliburton. A couple of years later, she returned to Norman and began working on her master’s degree and working for the University where she eventually completed her Masters in Human Relations. In the mid 90’s she moved to Colorado Springs where she took a job as a Systems Analyst for MCI. She then took similar positions with Verizon and FedEx and retired from FedEx in 2019. Sherl remained in Colorado Springs until her departure. Sherl was the perfect blend of her mother’s caring nature and her father’s joyful wit. She inherited her father’s work ethic, ever aware of the lack thereof by the generations that followed her. She has often repeated the phrase, “Find a job that makes you happy and you will never work a day in your life.” By those standards Sherl rarely worked a day in her life. Sherl always loved the outdoors and loved to travel, as long as they didn’t include weather over 80° or greater than 50% humidity. She loved to ski and golf, and could often be found at Breckenridge every other weekend from November until April. Even after breaking her leg and elbow in consecutive ski seasons, you couldn’t get her off the mountain. Her love of nature extended far beyond the mountains. Sherl’s second love was animals. She always kept one or two cats around, and spent many weekends visiting zoos. Every time her family would visit her when she lived in Norman, a trip to the Oklahoma City zoo was guaranteed, and every time she visited family in Oklahoma or Texas after she moved to Colorado a trip to the zoo would soon be on the itinerary. Her love of animals extended across the globe, from safaris in Africa or through charitable contributions to many zoos across the nations. To her family Sherl was bigger than life. She had a passion for family, life, adventure and her Oklahoma Sooners. She was the best birthday present a mom could ever have, and the best aunt anyone could ever wish for. Despite the distance she was always there when it mattered, and always had a joke or a hug when it was needed. At the core of her existence was her love for Jesus Christ. Her commitment to Christ only solidified and enhanced the best of her character. Despite her 14-year battle with cancer she remained faithful and full of hope until the end. She lived a Christ filled life and shared his love. That love radiated out to those who she came in contact with. She endeared so many people into lifelong friendships with her due to this warm nature. Throughout her battle with cancer, Sherl served her community through the Stephen’s ministry, supporting people who were also going through difficult times in their lives. For many years, she led a women’s bible study in her home. She was a blessing to friend and family alike. Her father once wrote, “You were the nicest thing that ever happened to us.” And those of us who knew Sherl, shared his sentiment and would be hard pressed to disagree. Sherl now walks the streets of heaven with her father Emmett Shaw and sister-in-law Terri Shaw. Sherl is survived by her mother Patricia Shaw of Bixby, OK, her brother George and Laura Shaw of New London, PA, her brother Stephen Shaw of Barnsdall, OK, nephew James (Jimmy) and Beth Shaw children Noah, Ainsley, and Eden of Bixby, OK, nephew Stephen and Rachel Shaw children Evelyn and Christian of Rowlett, TX, nephew Dylan Shaw of Washington DC, niece Shannon and Ryan Dodge of New York, New York, her cat Little, and many loving friends.
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Sherl Eileen Shaw
August 6, 2020
Sherl and I worked together for many community and service events at FedEx. She was a kind, generous and loving soul. Her sweet nature and smile were infectious. God truly has an angel in his midst. RIP sweet one.
August 5, 2020
Sherl was truly one in a million and will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of calling her "friend". I met Sherl through FedEx and when she told me she grew up in Oklahoma, was a Sooner fan, and watched "Days of Our Lives", I knew we would be friends for life. I'll never forget the day she called and told me we would be retiring at the same time and she had it all planned out. What are friends for, right! I will miss our talks and the joy that she brought to my life. I have truly been blessed to have known her as my friend...
August 4, 2020
Sherl was my baby sister. We spent over two months with each other near the end of her life. I’m heartbroken that Sherl is gone but happy she is free from pain.
Sherl is survived by an extended family not only by blood. We were surrounded with people who loved and supported us.
Sherl wanted to go to OU, but the high school administrators wanted Sherl to go OSU. Mom went to school and told them that Sherl had never caused any problems, so please get busy helping her daughter with her application to OU.
Sherl got into OU. There were some riots during her time there, including a fire in Sherl’s dorm. Sherl was in the elevator, and the doors opened to the fire. Some boys were able to shut the door and they were able to escape. Dad had Sherl get in apartment and Diana was Introduced into our lives.
We all got busy with our lives we grew up and as often happens life catches up with us. Sherl would text, “Love you brother.” That would make my day.
Sherl and I were able spend time together towards the end. When we would take a drive, Sherl would take us to Manatou Springs or to get tacos in Castle Rock. We would watch football and Days of Our Lives, and I introduced her to Boston Legal. She made Costco chicken a staple on her diet and Wendy’s Frosties on her hit list. We got to know her neighbors and their dogs. Sherl knew and helped many of them; she will be missed in the neighborhood.
After I got home from visiting Sherl, I got Costco chicken on July 19. Sherl and I texted, and she told me she could smell it from there.
I miss you Sherl. You were a very special woman who touched the lives many people. I’ll see you in heaven.
August 2, 2020
Sheri was such a blessing in our Bible Study Fellowship discussion groups! She and I were in the same group at least two years, and we would have been together again this year if she hadn't passed on to her new life. So many times she added to the discussion something that really blessed me. I'll miss her!
August 2, 2020
I worked with Sherl for many years and never met her in person. She was the only person that I communicated with when I was laid off from Verizon. Sherl was simply the most loving and godly person that I ever met. She had her medical issues but was always so up and cheerful about life. I really loved hearing from her even though it wasn't very often. I will truly miss my friend.
August 2, 2020
Sherl, you brought so much happiness to my children’s lives first and then mine. If ever there was an angel living on earth it was you. There was a time when my son ( Mitchell ) came to me and said, Mom when I grow up I want to be just like Sherl my heart hurt with envy. I was like what is this Sherl lady doing that my son wanted to be just like her. So one day I got the pleasure to meet Sherl, I was like “Wow” and I wanted to be just like Sherl too when I grew up. There was never a year my children went without a birthday cake from Sherl, red velvet for Bronte and dirt cake for Mitch. Even when they moved to different states or even other countries when they came home Sherl made them their cakes. My husband a Nebraska Cornhusker and Sherl an Oklahoma Sooner you can only imagine the conversations those two had. Sherl thank you for allowing me to be part of your life it was an honor and thank you for being an amazing second mom to my babies.... love you, Roy & Kristel
July 31, 2020
I knew Sherl for 13 years this month. I met her after she had just finished her first round of Chemo. She has had such a long struggle. But, I saw how much inner strength and fortitude she had, yet such a gentle and kind spirit.
On several occasions, she would be going through very painful times, as you can imagine, we would talk about what she was going through, then all the sudden she'd say, 'Sorry, I sound like I'm complaining', or 'sorry you have to listen to me complain'. It wasn't EVER like that. She tried so hard to stay positive and maintain her trust in God. She seemed to always want to make sure she wasn't 'taking or being selfish'. With all she was going through she always tried to be considerate and caring of others.
I have to say, I was so very stunned to hear about her passing. Last I saw her, a few months ago, she seemed mostly upbeat and strong.
I will surely miss you Sherl, your beautiful spirit, smiling heart and sweet sunny face.
Condolences to Family and close Friends:
I offer my sympathy and shared sorrow for Sherl's passing . Sherl made a big impression on me for the little time I spent with her, so I can only imagine how greatly she will be missed by all of you. Peace and Comfort to you.
July 31, 2020
After my Grandmother passed away, Sherl baked me a pound cake using my Grandmother's recipe for my birthday, every year. She was always so thoughtful and sweet and always looking for ways to help those around her. She will be greatly missed!
July 31, 2020
Sherl was a wonderful lady. I had the pleasure of working with her for several years at FedEx and she was always very helpful and sweet to those in need. She had a great sense of humor or was very uplifting to those around. She will be sorely missed. May God comfort and surround you during this difficult time.
Shelly Ayers and family
July 31, 2020
I met Sherl when we first worked together at MCI. We have known each other for over 25 years, I was pregnant with my youngest son when we met, she watched my family grow up (the good and bad). We could talk about just about anything. She was the older sister I never had. I always told her “You are my HERO”. She never complained about anything except when I would not come to work on Tuesdays and she did not get her Mexican food at El Padrino #4 extra hot(jokingly). She hated hot food. I will miss you forever my friend and collegue.
July 31, 2020
Sherl was truly an amazing and inspirational woman and friend to me. Although she was going through her own health battles, she would never fail to send occasional cards of inspiration and thoughts to me. I enjoyed working with Sherl at Fedex and having her for a friend. When I was able to travel to Colorado Springs for work, she made sure to share her after hours keeping me busy with sight-seeing, dinner or painting at the pottery shop. We are all truly blessed have known such a wonderful person. I will miss her greatly!
July 31, 2020
Sherl and I met at a cancer charity walk just a year ago. We sort of instantly bonded over similar lives and interests - e.g., being independent, single women, nature/animal lovers, outdoor and ski enthusiasts, work as contractors and then for FedEx, and as sisters in a “sorority” we didn’t join voluntarily—“Cancer Warriors”. She encouraged me to attend a local support group she belonged to, where she served as a mentor for the newly diagnosed. What a powerful mentor she was...so skilled at active listening and then saying just the right and concise things to comfort. Her deep faith and the strength from it literally radiated from her!
When I was so distraught over her new prognosis just a week before she died; I asked her how she was enduring the physical and emotional pain. Without a moment’s hesitation she told me that “as usual God has given me perfect peace. I am trusting He has a perfect and timely plan for me. Take heart! God is in control.” (Bless her—comforting me in her time of waiting!)
Sherl, my friend, I aspire to meet earthly challenges as bravely, confidently, and God-trusting as you have. You are dearly missed...but we celebrate your well-lived life, the release from suffering, and the pure joy you surely experienced as you began the greatest adventure of all!
Photo of Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
July 30, 2020
My friend, my confidant, my sister in sprit. Who will tolerate my annoying antics, who will laugh at my Walmart experiences and who will be my golf partner as we talked so much we didn't even keep score. Who will I harass with my banter and appreciate my look on life. I leave you with this my friend... When the sun says goodbye to the earth, it leaves a beautiful sunset as a gift. When friends say goodbye to each other, they leave mementos of everlasting and priceless memories. Goodbye my friend, I will miss you.
July 30, 2020
I had one of the nicest visits two years ago when I decided to spend a week with Sheryl & “Little” ( her precious cat) in Colorado. She showed me all the spectacular sights from The Garden of the Gods , the Broadmorr, and of course, the Zoo which held a very special place in her heart. I looked forward to her holiday & birthday visits back here in OK so that we could catch up even though we made a point of staying in touch as much as possible throughout the year. I will miss her 💕