ORONO – Joan A. Shaw, 89, died June 20, 2013, at an Orono nursing home. Joan was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Bangor, daughter of Leo J. and Mildred (MacNeil) Ambrose.
Joan attended local schools and graduated from Bangor High School, class of 1943, and the University of Maine in 1947. Joan worked for the Maine State Department of Health and Human Services as a social worker until her retirement in 1982. She volunteered for many years at the Attic Thrift Shop and the library at Mary Snow School.
Joan was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Phillip A. Shaw in 1995. She is survived by sons, Peter Shaw of Dedham and Paul Shaw of Holden; granddaughter, Kerry Shaw; sisters, Margaret Welch of New Hampshire, and Elaine Dunning of Bangor; nieces, Lea Petr and Barbara Morin; and nephews, Robert Dunning III and Jonathan Welch. The family wishes to thank the staff at Orono Commons for the loving care they gave Joan.
Services will be private for the family. Those who wish to remember Joan in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be made at www.BrookingsSmith.com.