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Eleanor Cecelia (McDonald) Shaw

August 8, 1938 ~ December 14, 2021 (age 83)


Eleanor Cecelia (McDonald) Shaw, 83, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2021, at Coventry Meadow’s Auguste Cottage after a long and arduous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born in Mobile, Alabama to Edward P. and Maxine C. (Mouton) McDonald in 1938. Although raised in the south, she called Fort Wayne, Indiana her home.  After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1959, Eleanor and Robert (dec.), her husband of 61 years, settled in the north.  Once there, Eleanor finished up her masters degree at the University of St. Francis and began her teaching career. Eleanor first started at St. Peters Catholic School teaching French.  Then, she moved to Franklin Jr. High for a short while, before solidifying her career at R. Nelson Snider High School where she retired, after 30 years, in 1995.  Ellie taught subjects such as English Literature, photography and journalism. In addition to teaching, Ellie was the Publications Department Head, which produced the school yearbook and newspapers. She would often remark that it felt like running a business within the school, along with her regular teaching responsibilities! Ellie and Bob loved to travel and play golf.  They retired back to the south, where they enjoyed living in various golf communities in and around central Florida. They attended mass regularly, as they were raised in and married in the Catholic church. Ellie also loved to dance and was a big fan of Elvis.  Ellie and Bob eventually returned to Fort Wayne to be near family to better cope with Ellie’s Alzheimer's diagnosis. Eleanor is survived by her children, Mark S. Shaw of Ft Wayne and Ann M. Thomas (Michael) of Cape Coral, Florida; grandchildren Matthew M. Thomas (Leah Schoenle), Andrew M. Thomas (Hilary) of Ft. Wayne and Monica A. Thomas of Chicago and two great granddaughters, Emersyn and Madison Thomas. Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents, husband, older brother, and young son, Timothy. Memorial Service will be held, Friday, December 31, 2021, at 10:30am, with calling one hour prior, at Divine Mercy Funeral Home 3500 Lake Ave Fort Wayne, Indiana. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Memorial Contributions to Parkview Hospice.  To sign the online guest book, go to


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Memorial Service
December 31, 2021

10:30 AM
Divine Mercy Funeral Home
3500 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

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