Virginia Ann Shaw-Taylor died suddenly Nov. 15, 2016, in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 81.
She was born in Denver Nov. 24, 1934, to E. Otto Shaw and Adah Grace Sweeney. She grew up in Lakewood and lived in Arvada for many years. For most of the last 15 years, Virginia and her husband, Graham Taylor, spent summers in Cedaredge and winters in Arizona.
In younger years, Virginia was a mother to her orphaned cousins, Andrea Sweeney Bell and Edwin Lee Sweeney. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a M.A. degree from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. As an educator, she taught physical education and science and served as a math and science coordinator in Adams County. On behalf of the National Science Foundation, she administered science curricula for teachers in the Denver area and from 1984 to 1996 she evaluated industry-university Cooperative Research Centers at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado. While retired in Cedaredge, she was an advocate for seniors and active in the Unitarian church. She enjoyed playing pool and teaching pool and ballroom dance to seniors.
She is survived by her husband Graham Taylor; her sister, Lila Girvin of Spokane, Wash.; Andrea Bell of Edmonton, Ky., and Ed Sweeney of Tempe, Ariz.
A memorial will be held Feb. 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise, Ariz., led by Rev. Terry Simms.