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Emma Lillian Shaw


Emma Lillian Shaw Emma Lillian Shaw

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Emma Lillian Shaw, 85, of Debert, formerly of Port Williams. Emma passed away peacefully with loving family by her side, on Thursday, May 23, 2024 in Shannex – Debert Court.

Emma was born, January 5, 1939 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She grew up in Charlottetown and spent her early years and summers on the farm in Gladstone. A daughter of Percy and Lillian Sharam, she was deeply loved by her siblings, Clara Elizabeth, Joan and Henry, along with many cousins, aunts and uncles and grandparents. Family meant the world to her. She graduated from Colonel Grey High School, after which she followed in the footsteps of her sisters and aunts by becoming a Registered Nurse. She did her training at the PEI School of Nursing, graduating in 1960. Mom loved her nursing classmates and looked forward to summertime gatherings with them that have spanned the last 60 plus years. In the fall of 1961, Mom decided to go to Acadia University to study for a year. It’s there that she met her only love, Murray Shaw. They got married on November 24, 1962 and began their lives together. They were blessed with four children. Because of Murray’s job as a pastor, they lived in various communities all around Nova Scotia, before settling in Port Williams in 1980. Emma was a woman of great faith and a prayer warrior. Everywhere she went she found those who needed prayer and by praying with and for them helped them discover the reality of God's love. She had the most beautiful smile, the kind that spread to her eyes and made them twinkle. She was the greatest encourager, truly one of her greatest gifts. A few moments spent with her, listening to her words of encouragement and you felt like you could tackle almost anything. Emma loved fun, she loved roller coasters, she loved to joke and was always quick to laugh. You could see the joy in her green eyes whenever she was having a good time. She loved the Blue Jays and playing cards, especially Rook. She loved to go for long drives in the car with Murray. She loved to be in her garden, it brought her so much joy to just work away at it. She could make just about anything bloom and grow that she planted. She loved spending time at the cottage on PEI, where dear friends and family from near and far would gather, spending precious time together. It was filled with potlucks and laughter, singsongs, games, tea parties, celebrations of all kinds and the most beautiful sunsets. Emma loved her family and devoted her life to caring for them. Anytime spent with her children or grandchildren was always very special to her.

Emma was a loving wife for over 61 years to Reverend Murray Shaw of Port Williams; mother of Michael (Rachel) Shaw, New Minas; Nicole (David) Huisman, Vineland, Ontario; and Lori (Chris) Grund, Truro. She was beloved Grammie to Daniel, Caleb and Luke Shaw, Nathan Huisman and Olivia, Lily and Sophie Grund; sister to Joan (Miltie) MacKay, and Henry (Lynn) Sharam and a very special aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a loyal and loving friend to many.

In addition to her parents, Percy and Lillian (Cook) Sharam, she was predeceased by her son, Robbie; a baby sibling at birth, and her sister, Clara Elizabeth (John) Llewellyn.

The family would like to express their deepest love, respect and admiration for the entire staff at Debert Court. Their loving care and kindness was felt every day. We will never be able to truly articulate our appreciation for them. Thank you for loving Mom, which extended to the rest of us. We will never forget you. xoxo

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, where the funeral service (with livestream) and reception will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2024 with Reverend Doctor Judith Saunders officiating. Interment will take place in the Fox Hill Cemetery, Kings County. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Canadian Bible Society or Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Canada (DRIFCan) would be sincerely appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. For online condolences, inquiries and to view the service, please

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Service Date
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Service Time
2:00 p.m.
Service Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Visitation Time
6-8 p.m.
Visitation Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville

Burial Location
Fox Hill Cemetery, Kings County

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