OBITUARY

Yonna Windham Shaw

March 8, 1954August 30, 2020

Yonna Windham Shaw, 66, passed away on August 30, 2020. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Bracewell Cemetery in Dublin, Georgia with the Rev. Paul Dziadul officiating.

Yonna was born in Macon, Georgia to the late Bernard Thomas and Ina Morton Windham. She was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Windham. Yonna was retired from Mercer Law Review after forty five years of service. She enjoyed fishing and crafts.

She is survived by her children; Jason (Amber) Shaw, Christy (Chad) Whited, Natalie (Blake) Gibson, grandchildren; Carson, Hilliard, and John Douglas Shaw, Brandon (Kaleigh), Hunter, Gavin and Halie Whited, great grandchildren; Lilian and Elizabeth Whited, siblings; Judye Blackburn and Sandra (Bill) Barbour, and several nieces and nephews.

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Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry St. has charge of the arrangements.

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  • She is survived by her children; Jason (Amber) Shaw, Christy (Chad) Whited, Natalie (Blake) Gibson, grandchildren; Carson, Hilliard, and John Douglas Shaw, Brandon (Kaleigh), Hunter, Gavin and Halie Whited, great grandchildren; Lilian and Elizabeth Whited, siblings; Judye Blackburn and Sandra (Bill) Barbour, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Glenn Curran

September 16, 2020

Such a wonderful person . . . all of my memories of her have that great smile! I remember all the hours working on manuscripts and wrestling with early word-processing software (WordStar?) -- but she was always such a positive influence.
-M. Glenn Curran, III (Mercer Law, '85)

Mark Segal

September 12, 2020

I was very sorry to hear about Yonna's passing.

It was great working with her at the Mercer Law Review. Yonna was always very pleasant and helpful.

My deepest sympathies and condolences to her family.

Mark Segal
Class of 1985

Nancy Johnson

September 4, 2020

I will always have good memories of Yonna. She was so sweet and good to me. May she RIP. Love to you all and prayers for peace and comfort.

Amanda Merritt

September 2, 2020

Natalie,
I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was always a sweet and caring woman. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Jimmy Jordan

September 2, 2020

When I learned of Yonna's passing I was immediately flooded with wonderful memories of her during my time on Law Review (1979-1981). She ran a tight ship, but was always available to answer questions and provide guidance to us as law students who just thought we ran the Law Review. My best memory of Yonna is calling her from my associate's position in Columbus for her to check and see if I had passed the Bar. She had the list of those that passed before anyone else it seemed, and in her good humored way she paused for what seemed like an eternity before she told me the good news.
God bless Yonna and prayers for her family. There will never be another like her.

Ben Bryant

September 2, 2020

I am very saddened to hear the news of Yonna's passing. Yonna was so wonderful to work with and was just a fun, kind person. She held a special place for our family, having worked on the Law Review with both my dad and myself - a testament to her longevity at Mercer! Any good Editor-in-Chief knew that the Mercer Law Review wasn’t successful without Yonna! Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Nancy Gamble

September 2, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear about Yonna! We were best friends at Weir and inseparable throughout Elementary School! I’m very thankful for all the special memories we made! Please know I’m praying for all of you for God’s strength and peace during this difficult time!❤️🙏

Michael McRae

September 2, 2020

I am saddened by Yonna's passing to her heavenly home. She was ALWAYS sweet, helpful, caring and exceedingly professional in her work for the law school. My interaction with her while on the law review was one of my most pleasant memories of my education at Mercer. EVERY DAY she had that beautiful smile, helping attitude and wonderful spirit that made you want to actually go talk to her, even if you really didn't have much Law school business to conduct. I also had the privilege to work with her one summer, which like all experiences with Yonna was a GREAT JOY. She should enter heaven as one of the top angels, because she certainly was that on earth!

Mike McRae

Cecilia Toole

September 2, 2020

I think Yonna had not been at Mercer very long when I began law school in 1976. We were both so very young. Of course, I didn’t realize how young we were back then, but I certainly knew how lost I was. I don’t remember the things I asked her, but I remember her kind way and her big smile. I think I would just drop by her office for a bit of comfort!

Mitchell Moore

September 1, 2020

I took a journey back in time when I learned of Yonna Shaw 's passage home and saw the photograph of her at her desk in the Law Review. I don't remember the last time we spoke ...its been years but I will always remember that she made a young struggling law student who was still trying to figure out how he had fooled his first year professors feel like I belonged on Law Review. I was part of something bigger than me... and I was pretty full of myself at the time. Yonna was special and she made each of us feel special, anyone who was fortunate enough to be around her for any time was better off for the experience. Yonna made a difference ..she touched lives, she changed lives for the better and she made it look easy. Yonna got another promotion...she has reached the top... and the crew better shape up !!! May her family and loved ones find peace in knowing that heaven is a little brighter now!!!

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Biography

Yonna Windham Shaw, 66, passed away on August 30, 2020. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Bracewell Cemetery in Dublin, Georgia with the Rev. Paul Dziadul officiating.

Yonna was born in Macon, Georgia to the late Bernard Thomas and Ina Morton Windham. She was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Windham. Yonna was retired from Mercer Law Review after forty five years of service. She enjoyed fishing and crafts.

She is survived by her children; Jason (Amber) Shaw, Christy (Chad) Whited, Natalie (Blake) Gibson, grandchildren; Carson, Hilliard, and John Douglas Shaw, Brandon (Kaleigh), Hunter, Gavin and Halie Whited, great grandchildren; Lilian and Elizabeth Whited, siblings; Judye Blackburn and Sandra (Bill) Barbour, and several nieces and nephews.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry St. has charge of the arrangements.

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