D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Maryellen DeShaw

October 1, 1968June 7, 2020

Maryellen (Webber) DeShaw, 51, of East Hartford and formerly of Woodstock, took her last ride as she unexpectedly journeyed Home to her Lord on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Born in Hartford on October 1, 1968, she was a daughter of James Frank and Yvonne (Butler) Webber of East Hartford. Maryellen graduated from Mercy Catholic High School in Middletown, Class of 1987. Maryellen previously worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL where she was employed as a character figure which included: Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Grumpy of the Seven Dwarfs, and Chip of Chip & Dale. She was presently working as a Home Health Aide for Home Health Aides of Cromwell. A woman of strong faith, she was a former member of the Faith Bible Evangelical Free Church in Woodstock. Maryellen loved animals, especially horses, and was a former Therapeutic Riding Instructor for horses in Charlton, MA. She also enjoyed working at several area farms and greenhouses in the Woodstock area. The Special Olympics were very dear to her heart, as Maryellen volunteered for many years as a coach for the Special Olympics, helping out and assisting so many athletes though the years. She was also involved and volunteered with Miss Amazing both here in Connecticut and nationally. Most of all, she was a devoted and caring mother, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and friend. Maryellen is survived by her husband, Jeffrey DeShaw of Woodstock; her three cherished daughters, Elizabeth Ann (DeShaw) Baez-Valdivieso and her husband, Roberto, of Willimantic, Hanna DeShaw of Woodstock, Mya Grace DeShaw of Putnam; her beloved parents, Jimmy and Yvonne Webber of East Hartford; her sister, Carisa Weaver and her husband, Andrew, of North Kingstown, RI and their son, Andrew Steven Weaver, II; one adored granddaughter, Raven Baez-Valdivieso of Willimantic; several dear aunts, uncles, special cousins, and friends. Due to the current health crisis, private funeral service and burial at Elm Vale Cemetery in Woodstock will be by invitation only. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Maryellen’s name may be made to the Special Olympics of Connecticut, 2666 State Street, Suite #1, Hamden, CT 06517. The D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • Special Olympics of CT


  • Services are Private by Invitation Only


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Jean Mirando

June 14, 2020

Although my time with my cousin Maryellen was limited, as a majority of our growing up years occurred in different states, I do remember Maryellen always with a smile and a big hug for me when we would visit. Even when she was only 3 and 5 years old, or when I saw her again when she was 12, or as an adult. She would be so full of energy, showing me all the animals, especially the horses, always making me feel like she was having a better day because her cousins were there with her. My heart aches for my little cousin and her passing. I send all my love, and a great big Maryellen-type hug to Uncle Jimmy, Auntie Yvonne, and my cousin Carrie!

Shannon Wasielewski

June 12, 2020

Mary Ellen was always there for me and my family when we were new at homeschooling. We would share laughs and tears together and I have so many wonderful memories of her. She truly was filled with God’s love. She helped me through so many hard times and would always be willing to lend a listening ear. I can’t think of someone more loving and caring than Mary Ellen. I will miss her greatly! My condolences to all of her family.

Eileen Houlihan

June 12, 2020

Jim, Yvonne, Jeff, Carrie, Drew, Elizabeth, Roberto, Hanna, Mya, Raven, AJ, Maureen, Lois, Cathy and all the cousins - wishing all of you love and peace in this sad time. Maryellen's spirit - and what a joyful spirit she had - will live on through your memories.

Donna Lynch

June 12, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Maryellen’s family. Maryellen was always such a strong advocate for her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tony Mirando

June 11, 2020

RIP cousin Maryellen. Our prayers are with the family.


June 10, 2020