Mary Jane Shaver

April 7, 1922March 23, 2019

Mary Jane (McKown) Shaver, 96, of Sarasota, FL went to be with her Lord on March 23, 2019. Mary Jane (Rusty) was born on April 7th, 1922 in Silver Lake, Indiana. Spending her childhood and adolescence in Warsaw, Indiana. She attended Stephens College and Indiana University.

Rusty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her life was well lived and those that knew her appreciated her candor and honesty. Not one to hold back she expressed her opinion without prejudice especially with her children, yet benevolently generous to any of them that needed help. By all that knew her…she will be missed.

She is survived by four children, John B. Shaver (Terri) of Ft. Wayne, IN; Connie Shaver of Sarasota, FL; Cindy Tilley (Marcus) of St. Petersburg, FL; William (Cub) Shaver (Maureen) of Marco Island, FL; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Sonya Engle (Don) of Greeley, Colorado; Jeannine (Windy) Cavell of Warsaw, IN.

Mary Jane is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 60 years, William C. Shaver of Sarasota, Florida and one brother, Fred McKown, Jr.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. Private services are being arranged by Greenlawn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, IN. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Fort Wayne, IN. Visit to sign the online guest book.


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Peggy and Peter Lowndes

April 2, 2019

Family (and Friends) of our Matriarch "Rusty."

We were so very sad when we heard from Connie of your mom leaving us.

But, how very fortunate we were to have had Rusty, Bill and Connie as neighbors and friends for the past decade.

Our dear Rusty was quite simply a delight. When I would visit I had to comment and then touch her gorgeous cheeks. She had the most amazing complexion and disposition. Even when we knew she was in pain.

She will be missed and remembered by all in St. John's Wood. We'll toast her at our neighborhood party on her 97th birthday this Sunday.

Peggy and Peter Lowndes