On Saturday, August 11, 2012 the Shaw Family will assemble in San Bernardino to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the matriarch of the family, Emma Shaw. The celebration banquet will take place at the Inghram Community Center. Emma was born to James Armstrong and Gertrude Bohanan, who lived to be 104, on August 9, 1912 in Tallulah, Louisiana where she grew up and attended Madison Parish Training School. While she attended school Emma met her future husband, George Shaw. Emma and George were married on February 6, 1933 and to this union God blessed them with six sons and five daughters – Cleveland, Luretha, Johnny B, Joyce, Wiley, Mary, the twins – Donell and Ronell, Barbara, Vernon and Valerie.
George worked in construction until he retired. He was also the only Black barber in San Bernardino for many years. Emma worked as a housekeeper. Emma has always belonged to a church and made sure that her children went every Sunday. She is affectionately known to many as Mother Shaw at Greater New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ and throughout the community.
Mother Shaw always sees some good in everyone, no matter who they are. She always has a smile and good advice for anyone who would partake of her wisdom. She can be heard saying: “I’m telling you now, you need to get right with God and live a saved life, because time is winding up and soon, cause this world is coming to an end,” or “It’s an individual affair, everyone must seek Jesus for himself,” or “Get ready cause He’s comin’ back...early one Saturday morning I heard a loud voice sayin’, I’m on my way back…”
Emma has received acknowledgements for her 100th Birthday Celebration from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer; Governor Jerry Brown; Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter; Supervisor Josie Gonzales; Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren; and San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris and the Common Council.
Emma has 8 living children, 55 grandchildren, 123 great grandchildren and 30 great-great grandchildren. – 30 – Rikke Van Johnson (909) 725-1053
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