FORT WAYNE – Mary Jane McKown Shaver, 96, of Sarasota, Fla., went to be with her Lord on March 23, 2019.  

Mary Jane “Rusty” was born on April 7, 1922, in Silver Lake, and spent her childhood and adolescence in Warsaw.  She attended Stephens College and Indiana University.

Rusty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Her life was well-lived and those that knew her appreciated her candor and honesty. Not one to hold back, she expressed her opinion without prejudice, especially with her children, yet was benevolently generous to any of them that needed help.  By all that knew her, she will be missed.

She is survived by four children: John B. Shaver (Terri) of Fort Wayne; Connie Shaver of Sarasota, Fla.; Cindy Tilley (Marcus) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and William “Cub” Shaver (Maureen) of Marco Island, Fla.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sonya Engle (Don) of Greeley, Colo., and Jeannine (Windy) Cavell of Warsaw.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Lucy McKown Sr.; husband of 60 years, William C. Shaver; and one brother, Fred McKown Jr.

Private services are being arranged by Greenlawn Funeral Home in Fort Wayne.  Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Fort Wayne.  


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