Mary Jo Shaw, co-founder and longtime owner of the Peninsula Day Care Center on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, died March 3 of natural causes. She was 89.
Widowed early in her first marriage, Shaw later married the Rev. Herman Shaw. Together, with their daughter Myra, they started the Peninsula Day Care Center at the church on San Antonio.
When it began 35 years ago, the center served only eight children; today, according to Shaw's family, it is one of the largest child care centers in Northern California, serving children in preschool through sixth grade from Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto. Shaw remained active at the center until her death.
In addition to her work with Peninsula Day Care Center and with church leadership, Shaw enjoyed traveling. She visited more than 60 countries and every state in her lifetime, and collected hundreds of dolls from around the world. She and her husband also supported numerous missionary projects worldwide.
Family members praised Shaw for her faith, humor, integrity, generosity and toughness.
Shaw is survived by her husband, Herman; son Victor Martindale and his wife Ellie; son Warren Shaw and his wife Sherril; daughter Myra Gishi and her husband Alan; and nine grandchildren: Beau and Melissa Martindale; Bryan, Kristen, Cara, Michael, and Christopher Shaw; and Max and Ally Gishi.
For more on the Peninsula Day Care Center, visit www.peninsuladaycare.com.
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