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Kathleen Jenkins Shaw

November 16, 1953 — May 14, 2024

Spanish Fork, UT

Kathleen Jenkins Shaw (Kathy) triumphantly returned to her Heavenly home on May 14, 2024, after a ten-year battle with lung disease. Kathy was an inspiration and a light to others, sharing her testimony of Jesus Christ daily in both word and deed.  Kathy lived a life of service and has always been known especially for her gardening, and beautiful quilts made to wrap others in her love.

Kathy was born on November 16, 1953, in Lehi, Utah to Lars Jenkins and Zina Thacker, into a family of three girls and three boys. They lived in a red brick home in Lehi where she loved to get Porter’s Hamburgers and Nickel Rootbeers when she was young. Kathy graduated from Lehi High School as the Valedictorian and attended BYU where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics. She met Gary Devon Shaw at BYU and they were eventually married on June 11th, 1976 in the Salt Lake temple. They have five children and lived and raised their family in Salt Lake City in the 31st Ward for over forty years. Both battling terminal illnesses, Gary and Kathy moved to the Spanish Fork 1st Ward in 2022 to be near family. 

In addition to quilting and gardening, Kathy loved reading, vacationing, and parties. She loved people and always sought to make others happy. She also loved holidays, especially Christmas, and loved to decorate for them.

Kathy is preceded in death by her daughter Emily Ann Shaw, her parents Lars Elwin Jenkins and Zina Thacker, her parents-in-law Lynn Devon Shaw and Edith LaDella Mellor, and her brother-in-law Craig Shaw.  She is survived by her loving husband Gary Devon Shaw, her children: Jenny Oliver (Wade), Cory Shaw (Rebecca), Amy Black (David), and Ashley Bai (Kevin), by her 11 grandchildren: Abigail Oliver, Samuel Oliver, Kate Metge (Josh), Madeline Oliver, Alexander Shaw, Anastasia Shaw, Oliver Shaw, Elenora Shaw, Cuzco Shaw, Dan Shaw, and James Bai, and by her siblings: June Jenkins Pressor, Annette Jenkins Hadlock, Keith Jenkins, Larry Jenkins, and Craig Jenkins.

Pallbearers: Cory Shaw, David Black, Samuel Oliver, Alexander Shaw, Oliver Shaw, Keith Jenkins, Larry Jenkins, Craig Jenkins, Joshua Metge

Honorary Pallbearers: Cuzco Shaw, Dan Shaw, Kevin Bai, James Bai

Great thanks are given to all of the doctors, nurses, and CNA’s from Maple Creek Hospice and the Legacy Care Center who took such loving care of her in the final year of her life.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, at the Lehi 2nd Ward Building, 481 East 300 North, Lehi, Utah. There will be a viewing from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and the funeral will be at 11:00 a.m.

Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page.  The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.

Interment will be at the Lehi City Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Cystinosis Research Foundation (https://www.cystinosisresearch.org/).

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