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Colleen R. Shaw

June 28, 1975 - July 21, 2017
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Brunswick - Colleen Shaw age 42 of Barrows Street died Friday July 21st at her home in Brunswick.   She was born in Worcester Massachusetts June 28th, 1975 the daughter of Noel and Jeanne Ryan. She attended schools in Athol Mass. and was a 1993 graduate of Athol High School.  Colleen received a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Education from Bowdoin College in 1997.

On July 11, 1998 she married Todd A. Shaw and proceeded to raise a family with three sweet and talented children.  Her devotion to her family and the strength and energy she put into caring for them have served as an inspiration for many that have known her.

Colleen was a beloved Spanish teacher in Freeport and in Camden/Rockport before making the decision to stay at home to raise her three children.  Beyond her own kids, Colleen worked taking care of the children of friends during the day.  In reality, Colleen took care of everyone she knew every day.  In all aspects of her life, she truly emulated what it means to show love and care for others.

Beyond her family, Colleen’s passion was crafting.  She was an incredibly talented artist.  Her crafting creations were in high demand and her work will live on and be enjoyed for years in her family’s home and the homes of many others.

Surviving is husband Todd and their three kids, Connor, Michaela, and Brendan of Brunswick, parents, Noel and Jeanne Ryan of Scarborough and one brother, Timothy Ryan of Charlotte North Carolina.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, July 27 from 6-8 PM at Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, where a celebration of her life will be held Friday, July 28 at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, and in honor of her inspirational and courageous battle to beat breast cancer, memorial donations may be made to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care at 

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