Helen Shaw

March 6, 2022


Helen Shaw 83 departed this life on March 6, 2022. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 – at 10:00am at the St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church 305 N. Broad Street Elizabeth, NJ 07207. Visitation 9:00am until time of service.

Helen, the mother of five, and the daughter of a Baptist Preacher, was born and raised in Linden, New Jersey. She attended Linden schools and graduated with the class of 1956 from Linden High School. After having lived in Plainfield, New Jersey for several years, Helen became a resident of Sacramento, California, in March 1983, and continued with determination, her goal of publishing her treasured collection of poetry.

Prior to her move to Sacramento, Helen was employed as Secretary and Special Editorial Assistant for Bridge Publishing, Inc., a publisher of Christian books in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Helen remained with Bridge Publishing by serving as their West Coast Representative for a short while before accepting a position at the University of California, in Davis California.
For years Helen Shaw has delighted audiences with her poetry as well as her unique manner of presentation. The title of this collection, which is also the title of one of her poems, spells out the uniqueness of this author. In one of Helen’s Poems she says, “I am Me!”, and in another, “I Have Something of Value,” and has by sharing her work, proved that “indeed she is” and “indeed she does”.  

Helen was predeceased by her son Timothy, her father Henry Shaw, and mother Obie Shaw. Sisters Evelyn, Dorothy and brothers Herman, Harry, Shane, David, Benjamin, and Buddy. Helen leaves to remember and cherish her, brother William Edward (Butch) (Janice), Dorothy Shaw (*Herman). Children - Kether Hassan, Julie, Jacquelyn, and Heather (Giacobbie). Grandchildren - Bryan, Melody, Courtney, Chadwick (Chanisa) Malik (Yahayra), Quentin, Othello, and Kinaya. Great grandchildren - Bryce, Austin, Caiden, Joshua, Jhannes, Jhayda and Jhayden. Helen leaves a host of nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends.

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