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Margaret Jane Shaw
March 12,1941- January 23,2019
Margaret Jane Shaw was the daughter of the deceased George & Viola Bory, wife of John
Shaw (deceased), Sister of Col. Wilbur C. Miller (deceased), Charles J. (Skip) Miller
(deceased) and Darlene B. Dietz, the mother of Pastor Michele Perrera, Michael &.
Sharon Hollingsworth, Kenneth Reasin, proud grandmother of Jennifer & Michael
Klopp, Sarah Reasin, Rev. Sharieff J. Wilson, Eric Newberger and Katie Shoemaker,
Dennis Felts and Jenn Deshaw, Aunt of Patricia & John Nolan, Tricia & Ray Rivera,
many other relatives, and friends.
Marge Shaw 77 years old, passed on January 23, 2019, at Mercy Hospital with her family
present. She was born in Baltimore on March 12, 1941, to George and Viola Bory and the
family always lovingly said, she was the "love child." She came from a family who gave
back to their community, her brothers were veterans and police officers, her grandfather
and great-grandfather were Baltimore Fire Fighters and she and her sister community
activists and leaders.
Marge moved into Highlandtown in the 1970S at a time when it was full of ethnicity and
character. White marble steps, windows that shined, and painted screens were the
norm. On Saturday's families would go to the market and walk through Patterson Park
to get to "The Avenue". There the neighbors shopped at Epstein's, Sockets and ate lunch
and G&A restaurant where the grilled hotdogs with the smell of onions oozed out the
door to draw you in and with that order, French fries with gravy were served. To top off
this day in the summer would be eating snowballs on the front steps. This is where her
identity of being a classic Baltimore Hon was formed.
Before retiring she had a lengthy career at Baltimore Magazine where she started as a
temporary employee and soon became a fixture and part of the heart and soul of the
office. Marge was also the "wardrobe mistress" at the Baltimore Fish Market until it
closed. Her colorful careers included; front office manager at the Hilton Hotel
experienced bartender and all around hard worker.
She did not know a stranger and her colorful personality immediately made you feel
right at home. During her many years in the hotel business and at Baltimore Magazine
she met many famous people; presidents, dignitaries, American league umpires, airline
pilots, famous singers and musicians, wrestlers etc .... but she treated all of them the
Marge was the total package when it came to her hometown Baltimore and she was the
resident historian in her office. She knew the best places eat and get the famous
Baltimore originals like crabs and oysters. In the 1970'S she was awarded the
"Baltimore's Best citizen from none other than Donald Schaefer.
Most recently she was an. active member of the Red Hat Society/Red Hat Divas of
Maryland Chapter. She also participated in the Healing Power of Music Chorus through
Mercy Medical Center because she survived cancer 3 times over the past 10 years.
Marge had many medical challenges in the past 12 years. She became paralyzed when a
thoracic tumor (non-cancerous) invaded her spine. She lived with her daughter Michele
and most recently became a resident of Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home. None of this
slowed her down. True to her outgoing personality, once she got settled in she brought
her contagious smile to many of the residents and staff. She participated in a weekly
church service and helped others by singing to them and holding their hands. Even
though the physical challenges were many, she continued to make jewelry and crochet.
She had even picked up embroidery again.
Marge was an awesome baker, just ask anyone who received her goodies. Her desk at
work was always filled with a basket of candy for others just as her room at the nursing
home was filled with snacks for everyone. Her German heritage made for some delicious
Sauer Beef and dumplings and pork roast and sauerkraut and German potato salad. This
love of food carries on with her children Michael and Michele.
She will be sorely missed as she gave care and love to not only her family but her
extended family and grandchildren.
Please join us this Saturday at 11:00 a.m, as we celebrate Marge's life
Woodlawn Christian Fellowship
6426 Kriel Street, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
On Street parking
Luncheon immediately following the service in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, you can make donations payable to Woodlawn Christian Fellowship in
memory of Marge.