Vesta Inez (Shaw) Carlow

July 23, 1927September 24, 2020

Vesta I. Shaw Carlow 93, a longtime resident of Keene, NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at the Jaffrey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Jaffrey, NH.

Her parents, Frank and Georgie Anna (Phillips) Shaw welcomed their daughter into the world on July 23, 1927 in Deerfield, Michigan. Vesta grew up in Keene and was a graduate of Keene High School.

Vesta worked for the National Grange Mutual Insurance Company in Keene, prior to moving to Connecticut where she resided for several years. While residing in Connecticut, Vesta worked at Decca Records; Har-Mon Incorporated; and owned her own business, "Greater Hartford Moving and Storage", for many years. Upon returning to Keene, she worked as a bookkeeper with the American Red Cross, NH West Chapter in Keene, and also worked with the Department of Health and Human Services in Keene.

Vesta enjoyed reading and was skilled with her hands creating many beautiful crocheting, sewing, knitting and needlepoint projects. She also enjoyed going on car rides with her family. She was a member of the Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Winchester.

Vesta will be missed by many, especially her children, her daughter, Melinda "Mindy" S. Day and her husband, James, of Keene; her son, Michael S. Shaw and his wife, Mary, of Enfield, CT; her grandchildren, Michael S. Shaw, II, Karen Shaw, Jennifer Hart and her husband, Christopher, Brandon Day, Brett Day; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Richards, of Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by two brothers, Wilfred "Buddy" Shaw and Arthur Dauphinais; and three sisters, Mary Clogston, Florence Petelle, and Virginia Russell.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:15am in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene. Family and friends are invited to attend and are asked to please wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Carlow’s memory to the American Red Cross, NH West Chapter, 83 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.


  • American Red Cross, NH West Chapter


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020


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Paul & Elizabeth Wright

September 29, 2020

Mindy & family...we are sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. We remember her often accompanying you in the studio and she was always smiling and gracious. We will keep you in our prayers.
Paul & Lisa.


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