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 Gwendolyn S. “Gwen” <I>Gore</I> Shaw

Gwendolyn S. “Gwen” Gore Shaw

Raeford, Hoke County, North Carolina, USA
Death 7 Feb 2013 (aged 82)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Raeford, Hoke County, North Carolina, USA
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Gwendolyn (Gwen) Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Davis Healthcare Center, in Wilmington.

She was born May 13, 1930, in Raeford, and was a true Southern belle. Gwen resided in Chapel Hill the majority of her adult life, later relocating to Winston-Salem and Wilmington.

Gwen was a devoted mother of five children and adoring grandmother of 13 grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Annie Black McFadyen, of Fayetteville, and the late Arthur D. Gore, of Raeford.

Gwen attended Peace College, where she was president of the Sigma Phi Kappa Society, treasurer of the student council and a member of the Papyrus Club. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina and was a founding member of Kappa Delta. She received her master's degree in education from the University of Virginia. Following graduation, Gwen began her career as a first grade teacher and was featured in the local newspaper for her creative classroom.

In 1955, Gwen married Dr. Robert Joseph Senior, of Williamsville, N.Y. They moved to Chapel Hill, where they raised five children. For more than 30 years in Chapel Hill, Gwen was a nationally acclaimed flower show judge, talented Realtor, active member of the Church of the Holy Family, a member of the NC Society of New York, and community volunteer.

She never met a stranger and always had smile on her face. She possessed a talent and passion for decorating, entertaining and flower arrangements. She also enjoyed fashion, tennis and golf.

Everyone knew Gwen for her outgoing uplifting personality and zest for life. No matter the mood of the room, when she entered she brightened the atmosphere and added a sparkle. While at Plantation Village retirement community, it was no surprise she was part of the Welcoming Committee. She loved ­meeting new residents, offering tours and involving them in social gatherings. She made sure no grass grew under residents' feet! She even used her ­matchmaking skills on some of the residents.

Predeceasing Gwen were her husbands, Dr. Robert J. Senior, of Chapel Hill, William (Bill) Entwistle, of Winston-Salem, and Alan Shaw Sr., of Winston-Salem.

Surviving her are Christopher D. Senior, of Chapel Hill, and his wife, Leigh Ann; Gwendolyn (Gigi) Senior Robinson, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and her husband, Bill, and their four children: 1st Lt. (US Army) Will Robinson and his wife, Jess, Nancy, Sam and Jack; Robert J. Senior, II of Wilmington, and wife, Angela, and their three sons, Bret, Patrick and Cole; Anne Senior Brewer, of Wilmington, and her husband, Jerard, and their three children: Avery, Coburn and Paxton; Sue Senior Catherine, of Greensboro, and her husband, Chuck, and their three children, Cameron, Casey and Charlie; two sisters, Anne Gore Hostetler Register, of Pinehurst, and three children and eight grandchildren, and her husband, Tom Register; Fanette Gore Ollendorff, of Naples, Fla., and her three children and two grandchildren; her cousin Scott McFadyen, of Fayetteville; her sister-in-law Inez Gore. of Chipley, Fla.; her stepdaughter, Tancy Entwistle, of Winston-Salem; and Alan Jr. and Beverly Shaw, of Winston-Salem.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Wrightsville Beach, at The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, with the Rev. Pat Rabun officiating. A reception and celebration of life will follow in the fellowship hall. Gwen had a passion for life and it was full of color and happiness. It is the family's special request that bright colors be worn in her honor at this gathering.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Raeford Cemetery, Raeford.

A reception will follow in Raeford Presbyterian Church, John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall.

Donations may be made to The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, or Davis Healthcare Center in Wilmington, or your favorite organization.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 104900453
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gwendolyn S. “Gwen” Gore Shaw (13 May 1930–7 Feb 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104900453, citing Raeford Cemetery, Raeford, Hoke County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Amy Caddell (contributor 46939056) .