Gertrude Viola Harbaugh Shaw died peacefully in her home in Tryon, NC on Saturday June 2 with her daughter Faith Ann at her side. She was 84.
Trudy was born August 6, 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the middle child of 11 born to the late Carl Harbaugh and Gertrude Margaret Peetz. Trudy married the late Harvey M. Shaw, Sr. (Tates) on March 23, 1946. They had 3 children: Harvey M. Jr. (Terry); Alfred L. (Tim); and Faith Ann (Fanny). In 1984 Trudy left Cincinnati and moved to Tampa, FL to live with her daughter. She retired from Federated Department Stores where she worked in both Cincinnati and Tampa. She was a resident of Tampa for 21 years before moving to Tryon in 2005 with her daughter and son-in-law. Trudy’s life centered around her family and the animals she adopted and cared for.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tates (age 55 in 1979), her son Tim (age 61 in 2009) and grand-daughter Nancy Viola Shaw (age 38 in 2003). Her sister Mary Harbaugh Capasso of Cincinnati and Lancaster, CA is the last surviving sibling. She leaves 3 grandsons (Chip, Dan, and Timothy), 2 surviving granddaughters (Lori and Bergen), and 5 great-grandsons (Philip, Shane, Nate, Kaleb, and Colt).
Memorials may be made to Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus NC 28722 (828)863-4444 or www.foothillshumanesociety.org
Celebration of Life to be announced.