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Nora Katherine Grace Shawn of Jolly


Nora Katherine Grace Shawn, 86, of Jolly, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Grace Shawn

Grace Shawn

Mrs. Shawn was born Dec. 3, 1927 to William Andrew and Lula Mae Black Phillips in rural Montague County, the last of 12 children.

She married J.A. Shawn in December of 1944.  She and Jay raised their children together as active members of Bible Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and then later at First Baptist Church of Dean.  Most recently, she hosted the Shield of Faith Bible Church in her home.  They attended Gospel Quartet singing locally, in Ft. Worth, and National Quartet Conventions in Atlanta, Ga., and Memphis, Tenn.  When Jay started Jay’s Gospel Jubilee on KLUR radio, she was by his side manning the request line.  Grace and Jay moved to Clay County in 1968, where she spent time with her husband gardening.

Widowed at the age of 50 in 1978, Grace worked at Starline Pools and as a CAN at Bethania Hospital.  During this time, she also became District Manager for World Book Encyclopedias, and was a member of a square dancing group.  She found her true calling to be a registered massage therapist at the age of 65, having graduated from Austin School of Massage Therapy.

She is preceded in death by 11 siblings, Ellen Hollingsworth, Margaret Gallager, James Phillips, Paul Phillips, William Phillips, Nancy Lula Allen, Mamie Gray, Martha Jane Cole, and Linnie Mae Propest; her husband, J.A. Shawn; and two sons, Timothy Wayne Shawn and Walter Gene Shawn.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Shawn Humphries and husband Mike; son, Jerry Shawn and wife Rita; son, Ronald Shawn and wife Vicki; daughter-in-law, Karen Shawn; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter.


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