Martha Shaw


Mrs. Martha Jane “Moppy” Shaw, 85, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 with family at her side.

She was born July 30, 1927 in Pine Bluff, the daughter of William Warden and Helen Bradford Phillips. Moppy graduated from Pine Bluff High School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

She lived many happy years in Pine Bluff, New Orleans, and Louisville, and again in Pine Bluff. In fact, she was always happy. She excelled at making friends and keeping them, consignment-store shopping, decorating, writing prayers (which felt they were gifts from God to her), studying the Bible, hugging, laughing, and being a Grammy, wife, mom, aunt, sister, friend and daughter. She truly lived life with gusto as demonstrated by her favorite song, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”

Moppy was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Dr. Jerry Milton Shaw; her parents; and brothers, Bill Phillips and Earle “Dunk” Phillips.

Cherishing her memory are daughter Becky Shaw of Louisville, Ky.; sons and daughters-in-law Reverend Judd Shaw and Susan Seagraves of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jeff and Holly Shaw of Dallas, Texas; sister and brother-in-law Becky and Henry Graeber of Oxford, Miss.; sister-in-law Nell Phillips of Beaumont, Texas; and grandchildren Erin Buckingham (Travis), Mollie Davis (Justin), Taylor Shaw, Ana Shaw and Mason Shaw.

The family wishes to thank Moppy’s devoted caregivers, fabulous neighbors in Arbordale, her friends in Bible Study and the many cousins who would drop by, making her very, very happy.

A celebration of her life will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church, Pine Bluff, Reverend Lance Clemmons officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 p.m. until service time in McColgan Hall at the church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors (online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com). Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.