She was born in Hartford CT and was the 10th of 11 children of William Elias Tucker,a Hartford police officer and civil war veteran and Jennie Martha Stratton. She was married to Holland Earl Shaw from 3-11-1925 until his death in 1969. They had 4 children (2 daughters and 2 sons), all raised in Moodus, CT, in a house built by Holland and later had 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She moved to Lee County FL in 1985 to live near her children. She was an expert seamstress and made dresses for all of her grand-daughters and taught both of her daughers to sew as well. She remained very active until the end of her life, riding her bike every day and avidly keeping up on current news events. She enjoyed a good debate.