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Patricia Bailey Shaw

July 4, 1928 — July 28, 2022


Patricia Bailey Shaw

ASHEVILLE - Patricia Bailey Shaw, 94, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

She was born July 4, 1928, in Larchmont, NY but came to live in Asheville as a child.

Her parents were the late Charles Robert Bailey and Margaret Phillippi Bailey. She was also preceded in death by brothers, David C. Bailey of Asheville and R. Douglas Bailey of Charlotte.

She was married for 62 years to Alan Haigh Shaw, who died on April 2, 2017.

Patricia was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School, attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA and was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill in 1951. At UNC she was a member of Tri Delta sorority.

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill she worked for five years at Asheville Citizen-Times as a women’s news editor and then joined her husband to work for the Alan Shaw Company until their retirement. While working for the newspaper, Patricia made the journey on her own to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

As a teenager Patricia began a life of volunteer work as a junior volunteer at the old Biltmore Hospital and later served with the American Red Cross, St. Joseph’s Hospital Guild, ABCCM and Thoms Hospital.

Patricia was a founding member of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, and a former member of the Junior League of Asheville.

She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Watson (Ken) of New Hudson, MI and Leslie Shaw of Asheville, NC; son, Alan Haigh Shaw, Jr. (Debi) of Charlotte, NC; and a grandson, Mason Shaw Hill of Sweetwater, TN.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 812 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville, with Fr. Josh Kimbril officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Patricia’s name may be made to ABCCM, 20 Twentieth Street, Asheville, NC 28806 or to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 812 Reems Creek Rd, Weaverville, NC 28787.

West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, is honored to assist her family. Condolences may be sent to the family through the website at

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Past Services

Memorial Service

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Matthews Anglican Church

812 Reems Creek Rd, Weaverville, NC 28787

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