Obituary: Kathryn S. “Katie” Shaw

Kathryn S. “Katie” Shaw, 84, of Bozeman, MT passed away on October 31, 2021.

Katie was born in Chicago on June 9, 1937. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs of Northfield and Glenview and graduated from New Trier High School. She graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. She married and lived briefly in Cleveland, OH and Biloxi, MS before settling in her husband’s hometown of Traverse City, Michigan in 1969.

She was a devoted mother to Sarah and Colin, as well as many different pets, including numerous dogs, a few cats, horses, ducks, a raccoon, a goat, and even a skunk named “Gucci” after the perfume brand. Though she loved all pets, her favorite was an abandoned black lab called “Jake,” which Katie and her family found in the middle of the night while cross-country skiing in the woods with headlamps to show the way. Jake happily took part in the outing, cleverly adopted his new found family, and quickly secured a place at Katie’s side.

Katie was a gifted cook and shared her recipes and gourmet treats with many. She was also a prolific reader and writer; In 1991 she published her book Investment Clubs: A Low Cost Education in the Stock Market, based on her experience and expertise as co-founder of an investment club for women. Katie enjoyed being with friends and family in Michigan, but her heart belonged to Montana, where she spent the last 30 years with her second and loving husband, Bob. Katie took advantage of everything Montana had to offer, including skiing in Big Sky and Bridger into her early 70s, fishing trout in rivers large and small, and enjoying the people and scenery of the west. Katie volunteered at the Bozeman Hospital, attended a book club regularly, and especially looked forward to her weekly mahjong game with her close friends. She also knew how to make the holidays festive. Her beautifully wrapped, meaningful gifts stood out from under the tree and were always a treasure. Katie has written kind cards and letters her entire life, and we will miss her thoughtful efforts to make people feel special and loved.

She was a loving grandmother to Andrew, Hunter, and Mackenzie; Stepmother of Heather, Laurie, and Campbell; Step-grandmother of Zinzi, Tajin, Hart, Noah, Paulina and Jennifer; and great-grandmother of Isabelle and Beckett. Most of their hearts were devoted to Bob, and they made each other a priority in their lives. Katie and Bob modeled love and devotion every day and found most joy in each other’s company.

Katie is survived by her husband Robert A. Shaw of Bozeman; Daughter Sarah Hall (Ted) Thompson of Bozeman; Grandson Andrew (Stephanie) Kircher von Bozeman; Son, Colin (Robyn) Hall of Winnetka, IL; and grandsons, Hunter and Mackenzie Hall of Winnetka, IL. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Krystyn of Tampa, FL and Virginia (John) Ruskuski of Jacksonville, FL, and many nieces and nephews. Katie is from her mother Jean Stott, her father Tom Stott and her first husband Dr. Thomas C. Hall died.

A private family celebration is planned for next summer in Montana. Commemorative donations can be made to the Grand Traverse Ski Club in Traverse City, MI or the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter in Bozeman, MT.

The arrangements are in the care of the Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. You can post your condolences and memories of Katie at []

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