Mary Joanna (Shaver) Breedlove, age 88, of
Lamar, Missouri, passed away Saturday night, September 9, 2017, at Truman
Mary was born May 2, 1929, in Joplin,
Missouri, the third of the five children and only daughter of George B. and
Mary Barbara (Trautwein) Shaver. She was
preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, George Paul Shaver and John
Survivors include her son, John (Nga)
Breedlove, Waltham, Massachusetts; two grandsons, Paul and Brian; five
great grandchildren, Alex, Will, Ethan, Clancey, and Paul, Jr.; two brothers, Gerald
Shaver and Charlie (Vicky) Shaver, all of Lamar; many nephews and nieces; and a
large extended family.
After graduating as valedictorian of Liberal
High School class of 1947, Mary went on to become a registered nurse. Entering the U.S. Army Nurse Corp in 1951,
she was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, ministering to the wounded of
the Korean Conflict. Returning to
civilian life, Mary continued her nursing career in hospitals in Tennessee,
Georgia, Joplin, Missouri, and Barton County Memorial Hospital for many
years. A life-long learner, Mary
enrolled in Pittsburg State University, earned a bachelors and a master’s
degree in physics and taught math at Nevada High School for a short time. Keeping her mind sharp and her hands busy in
retirement, she was an avid reader, an ASPCA advocate and self-taught weaver,
making rugs for family and friends. Mary
was a member of Lamar American Legion and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
A memorial funeral mass will be held at
10:00 a.m. Friday, September 15th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with
Rev. Patrick Teter officiating. Committal
of ashes will be in Forest Park Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the
Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.
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