Sept. 18, 1954-Dec. 21, 2004

PORTLAND - Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw, 50, of Portland, died of breast cancer this winter solstice, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in La Grande at the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave.

A fourth generation Oregonian, she was born in North Bend on Sept. 18, 1954. She spent most of her formative years in Eugene where she graduated from Churchill High School in 1973. Her passion for musical theater, her strong voice and academic record earned her a scholarship to Whitman College, which she forfeited to help out on her uncle's ranch in Montana after his wife became ill.

Eventually she attended Eastern Oregon University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology and education in 1978. During her 18-year career in Eastern Oregon, she taught math and science at Cove from 1978-80, at Vale in 1980-81, and at La Grande Middle School from 1981-1996.

In 1996, she returned to Eugene, and continued teaching science at Madison Middle School until cancer forced her retirement in 2004. She was said to be a great proponent of hands-on learning, as evidenced by her insistence on bringing salmon and other live specimens into the classroom, numerous field trips, and her leadership in programs like Talk About Trees, Outdoor School, and Sea Camp.

She was a devoted mother to her three children from her marriage to Reed Stewart (1978-1995), and spent much of her time supporting them in their various sports and activities. An active outdoorswoman and lover of nature, she had a passion for horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, and waterskiing at Crescent Lake. She also enjoyed music, singing, tennis, gardening, a good card game, and learning and sharing about her family's history in the West.

Survivors include her parents, Robert and Patricia Shaw of Portland; her sister, Stephanie Sachtler of Portland; her brothers, Scott Shaw of Nampa, Idaho, and Dan Shaw of Seattle; five nephews and two nieces; and her three children, Larz Stewart, Laurel Stewart, and Lana Stewart.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX, 75265-0309; ondolences may be sent to Larz, Laurel, and Lana Stewart,c/o Dan Shaw, 1911 Mulkilteo Blvd., Everett, WA 98203.

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