Aug. 17, 1921 – Dec. 2, 2015
Pauline “Polly” Shaw passed away on Dec. 2 at Mount St. Josephs in Waterville. She was born on Aug. 17, 1921 in Lewiston, the daughter of Cody and Elsie Giddinge.
She attended schools in Mechanic Falls where she graduated salutatorian of her high school class in 1939. She married Lloyd Shaw of Mechanic Falls and Greenville in 1942. The first few years of their marriage they worked in a popular restaurant in Boston as chef and assistant manager. Returning to Maine, Lloyd pursued a life with the State Conservation Department. Thus, Polly’s life became an interesting one as the wife of a forest ranger. She aided him in public relations and traveled to many meetings. Her sense of humor and ability to share her experiences with others became well known.
She was a past president of the Moscow PTA, past president of the Jefferson Woman’s Club, pianist of the Bingham Lions Club, and a lifetime member of Seven Tree and Pioneer Grange. She joined Lakeview Chapter #179, Order of the Eastern Star in 1967 and held an office every year since then.
For many years she was organist for five Eastern Star Chapters and held an honorary membership in each chapter. She was appointed a grand representative of Vermont in Maine, an honor she was very proud of and enjoyed her relationship with two counterparts from there.
She was a cancer survivor of over 20 years. She enjoyed life with her various activities, especially doing for those who needed help in any way. A generous and caring person, she tried to anonymously help those in need but everyone knew it was “Polly.” Since the passing of her husband, life had changed and activities had slowed down, but her humor and doing good deeds survived.
She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Lloyd; and brother, Laurison.
She is survived by brother, Harry Giddinge and wife Evelyn; three nieces; two nephews; and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, it is her wish that everyone do something nice for a friend, neighbor, or relative to brighten their day, making the whole world better.
Friends are welcome to join the family for a time of visitation with refreshments from 10-11 a.m., Fri., Dec. 4 followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. Interment will be at Resthaven Cemetery in Windsor.
To extend online condolences, light a candle for Polly, or to share a story or picture, visit her Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com
Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements.