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Jean J. Shaw

February 9, 1922 July 26, 2021
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Jean Louise Johnson Shaw—February 9, 1922–July 26, 2021
After a very full and amazing artistic life, Jean Johnson Shaw has left Milford, Ohio, for an extended painting tour of Heaven.

The brush strokes of Jean Shaw's artistic life were finalized by the One True Master in Heaven on July 26, 2021. Art, faith and family were the focal points of her long and blessed life. The daughter of former artist Harland J. Johnson and schoolteacher mother, Jeannette Hyde Johnson, Jean and her late brother, Roger both grew up in a former Camp Dennison Civil War Union officers barrack house on Park Road in Indian Hill. That home had originally belonged to her maternal grandfather, Edward Wyllys Hyde, who was a Civil War Union Officer commanding a regiment of Troops of Color; later after the Civil War he taught advanced college math and became an early President of The University of Cincinnati.

Her late father, Harland J. Johnson, was a former art scholarship student of Duveneck at the Cincinnati Art Academy and later served as a president of the Cincinnati Men’s Art Club, so Jean's early days were surrounded and rooted in the love and beauty of both music and art. Jean was a Chi Omega president at Marietta College and she received degrees from both Marietta College and The Ohio State University in the fields of Art and Art education. She was an art teacher in the Indian Hill School District and later in the Green Hills District. Jean continued teaching to help her husband, the late Richard F. Shaw as he finished his U.C. law degree.

As many women from the 1950's did, she left teaching and excelled in her full time occupation of housewife and mother. Jean and Dick Shaw welcomed 5 children and 11 grandchildren into their lives: first son Ted J. Shaw (Roseanna), grandsons: Jefferson and Clay; second son Roger D. Shaw (Pat), grandchildren: Heather, the late Holly and Scott; third son the late Gary R. Shaw; fourth son Daniel R. Shaw (Mona), granddaughters: Katie and Lily and fifth child, daughter Linda J. Van Camp (Bob), grandchildren: Emily, Andrew, Kevin and Kyle Van Camp. She is also survived by a number of great grandchildren.

Although Jean's days were lovingly encompassed with the rearing of her family, she found positive ways to be involved in her community. She was an active, contributing member of the Milford Methodist Church where she researched and used her talents to create a mural of Biblical Jerusalem onto the walls of an interior chapel, a member of the Cincinnati Women's Art Club, and a founding member of the Milford Garden Club, "The Lilies of the Valley." She taught art classes at the Row House in Milford and continued her own art education journey with woodcut Professor Esther Shapiro at Edgecliff College and later with noted Art Academy and U.C. Art Professor Reginald L. Grooms. Jean made 3 art trips to Ireland, 2 of those with Professor Grooms and ventured on many additional painting trips to Hawaii. She featured her artwork at the Milford Row House Gallery and hosted her own one-woman Hawaiian Art Show at this Milford gallery in 2006. She and husband Dick were both proud supporters and members of Milford's Historical Society at Promont.

Throughout her life, Jean delighted in being surrounded by so many interesting caring and supportive friends. She lovingly remembered birthdays and all the special occasions of those near and dear to her. She spent her final days among friends and helpful supporters at SEM Haven Nursing Home. A special thanks to all SEM aides and particularly to Nurse Sheron Jones who nurtured all her charges and made all folks on McCormick Landing feel special. An additional grateful thanks and love to Kathy Chisman, her loyal housekeeper, friend, correspondent, Bible reader and fellow warbler of hymns, a boon companion who was faithful to her needs for 30+ years.

The colors in Heaven are further enriched and enhanced by Jean’s creative eye. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Milford First United Methodist Church or to the Greater Area Milford Historical Society at Promont.

Private family graveside service at Milford Greenlawn Cemetery.

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Memorial Contribution

Milford First United Methodist Church

541 Main Street
Milford, Oh 45150

MIlford Historical Society at the Promont

906 Main St.
Milford, OH 45150

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