Barbara Ann Potter Shaw passed away October 24, 2022, after hospitalization for cardiac and pulmonary issues. She leaves behind two sisters, Sarah Potter of Lawrence, KS, Sandy Westrup, husband Doug of Carrollton, TX, her long-time companion Hershel Pearl of Shawnee, KS, her father-in-law Danny Shaw of Holt, MO, her sister-in-law Vickie Matney, husband Richard of Buckner, MO, and step-niece Jesse, also of Buckner, and several cousins in Illinois and Missouri.
Her husband, Troy Shaw, preceded her in death, as did her parents and mother-in-law.
Barb was born August 21, 1956 in Princeton, Illinois, and was raised in Overland Park, Kansas. As an adult, she resided in Liberty, MO, Lenexa, KS, and Shawnee, KS.
She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1977 with a degree in accounting, and worked as an analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for over 40 years. Barb was still working at the time of her death.
She leaves behind many cherished friends, acquaintances, and her extended family by marriage. She loved dogs, especially beagles. In recent years, she enjoyed wintering in Sun City West, AZ.
No memorial services are planned. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Westboro, MO at a future date.
Memorials in honor of Barbara may be made to Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, 17012 E Truman Rd, Independence, MO 64056, The Civic League, PO Box 814372, Farmers Branch, TX 75381, the Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E 19th St, Lawrence, KS 66046, or an organization of your choice.
I was so saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. My deepest sympathies to her family. RIP Ms Barb.
Very sad to hear of Barb’s passing. She was a joy to chat with and was a funny lady. She will be missed.
I worked with Barb in different roles throughout many years. I knew her to be a hard-working, dedicated colleague. Those traits are certainly obvious in the fact that she was still working at the time of her death. The Fed has lost a very committed contributor. Sympathies to her family and friends.
This is a devastating loss. Barb had such caring and hilarious spirit. Wishing peace and strength to her family during this difficult time.
I, too, worked with Barb at the KC Fed for many years, and we started our careers only a month or two apart. I have many, many good memories of her there as well as “after-hours” when we were all pretty much footloose and fancy-free. Barb was always a lot of fun, had a terrific sense of humor, and sincerely enjoyed working at the Fed and, especially, the people she worked with. And we were very very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked with her, without a doubt. She will be missed by more people than I can count at the Fed.
I was blessed to have the opportunity to work closely with Barb over the last couple of years, and can truly say she was one of a kind. Her witty personality and straightforward mentality was so refreshing and will truly be missed. I am thinking of all Barb’s loved ones and praying you find comfort during this time.
Barb was very talented at the piano. She could have been a professional pianist.
She loved Nancy Drew mysteries and she even had a Nancy Drew Halloween party.
Barb likes to travel and her favorite vacation was visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright home “Falling Water”.
She collected Longaberger baskets and even visited their headquarters building that was a stone basket!
She will be missed by neighbors, colleagues, friends and her family.
Barb was my administrative assistant in the Training area at the Reserve Bank for almost 15 years. I always said that she and Debbie Haze made me look a lot better at my job than I deserved. She was committed to excellence and knew how to anticipate whatever was needed. She was a pleaser which made her a delightful person to know.
I’m so sorry to hear about Barb. She was a great person and always so willing to help people out. Her dedication to others was admirable and she always knew where to find the answers to any training problem. She will be deeply missed. I pray her family will find peace during this time of loss.