Debra Shaw had Career in Public Service Work

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Debra Shaw, 59, of Pierre, went to be with the Lord on March 23, 2012, at the White River Healthcare Center.
Memorial Services will be at 7 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012, at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre and at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Eagle Butte United Church of Christ.

Debra Kay (Simon) Shaw was born at Mobridge on Jan. 29, 1953. She was the eldest child of Donald and Donna (Parker) Simon. Debra graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1971.

She began her public service career of 37 years working for the South Dakota Department of Social Services in Pierre, attaining the position of Administrative Assistant. Many state satellites were also deeply appreciative of her dedication and help when needed.

Debra married Ronald Lee Shaw in Pierre. They were married for 20 years.

She was a member of United Church of Christ in Eagle Butte.

Deb enjoyed several hobbies including cross-stitch, reading, watching movies and game shows.

On July 30, 2010, Debra suffered a life-threatening stroke leaving her with severe paralysis. She spent many months in Pierre and Sioux Falls hospitals.  On Jan. 17, 2011, she was admitted to White River Nursing Care Center in White River.  After many more hospital visits, her health continued to diminish.

Debra is survived by her husband, Ronald, and LD (Little Dog), whom she both loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Donna Simon; her grandparents; and their many loving dogs.

Also thankful for having shared her life is her dad, Donald Simon of Eagle Butte; Darla Simon of Mobridge; Duane (Sharon) Simon and family of Aberdeen; and Doyle (Marcia) Simon and family of Eagle Butte; Jasper (Pat) Shaw and family of Miller; several aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and White River Nursing Care Center staff and residents.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.feigumfh.com.

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