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“Virginia was my mother's cousin. A warm and gracious woman with an infectious laugh who could find the bright side of any situation. She was as easy...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Stephen Ormsbee - Annapolis, MD

“To the Family and Friends of Virginia Shaw,I was sad to read that Virginia had died.I know what a very special lady she was, and that she will be...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Helen Overlan - Melrose, MA

“A very sweet strong woman who lived accros the street from us for many many years on Dana Road. Godspeed , Laura Wilson and Family ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Laura Wilson - Reading, MA

“I remember Virginia very well from when I worked at Central Animal Hosp. It was always a pleasure to see her with her beloved pets. She was a very...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: sharon riley - woburn, MA

“So sorry for your loss I was one of her health care workers She was one of my favorite clients A very peaceful and loving woman a pleasure to...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Marie Testa - Peabody, MA

“I have many fond memories of "Ginny" Shaw from my years of service withThe First National Bank of Boston/Bank of Boston. Ginny served as an...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Ron Edes - Melrose, MA - Coworker

Virginia Shaw, a resident of Melrose, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at age 97.

Born on June 16, 1922, the daughter of the late Howard P. Isabelle (Metz) Shaw. Virginia worked for many years as a Banking Administrator in Boston.

Virginia was a longtime, devoted and active member of Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Always willing to help, she was an integral volunteer at the annual Church Fair, Auction, and youth programs. She participated in the Church Women's Guild, Bible Study, and monthly lunch bunch with fellow church members and friends. She took great joy in her Church and attended worship every Sunday. She made many dear friendships at the Church, and held close to her heart the connections over her many years of membership.

As a professional woman, Virginia was strong willed and maintained that independence throughout her life. Into her 90's, Virginia stayed informed, and was more than happy to discuss current world events, and socialize with anyone she encountered. She was also a longtime member of the Reading Garden Club. Virginia will be sorely missed, but always lovingly remembered for her upbeat, positive, and independent presence.

Virginia was the beloved daughter of the late Howard P. and Isabelle (Metz) Shaw. Also survived by her cousins, and many dear friends.

Graveside Service to honor Virginia will be private at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Gifts in memory of Virginia may be made to the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St., Melrose MA 02176. For online tribute or to express condolences please visit