Cora "Cody" Lee Shawe


Cora "Cody" Lee Shawe, 84, died at her Gardnerville home April 16, 2006. She was born June 13, 1921, in Corvalis, Ore., to Hamilton Bruce Shawe Sr. and Henrietta Frieda Rhodes Shawe.

Miss Shawe moved to Nevada with her parents and brother, Bruce, in 1924 so that her father could take a teaching position at the Douglas County High School, where he would later serve as principal. Her two younger brothers, Daniel and Fred were born in Gardnerville in 1925 and 1928. She made her home in Carson Valley for most of her 84 years, leaving only for short residencies in Los Angeles, Calif., Eugene, Ore., with her family, and then when she attended the University of the Pacific in California, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the time she spent in the U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.

She loved her family, literature, history and education, teaching for 30 years in the Gardnerville/Minden school system. She also tutored and endeavored to pass on her knowledge of history and literature to her many nieces and nephews.

She was an avid reader and she traveled the world from her armchair.

She cared for her mother, Frieda, in her last years until her death in 1978.

She cherished several friendships from her childhood with folks who also stayed in the Valley as adults. She enjoyed shopping, touring the area's many historical sights and getting together with friends to eat or drink coffee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a still-born sister and her brothers Fred and Bruce Shawe.

She is survived by her brother, Daniel R. Shawe of Lakewood, Colo., and several cousins, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville. Miss Shawe requested no services and cremation to take place at FitzHenry's Crematory in Carson City.

John Dow Cecil


Mono County Supervisor John Dow Cecil, 68, died April 9, 2006, at Saint Mary's Medical Center in Reno.

Born Jan. 23, 1938, in Mulberry, Ark., to John Emerson Cecil and Eula Lillian Kindrick, Mr. Cecil's family moved to El Monte, Calif., after his father's death when he was 10 years old. He graduated from El Monte High School in 1955 and joined the U.S. Air Force. While in the service, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ivestor in 1958.

Mr. Cecil served one term in the Air Force and returned to El Monte where he and his wife raised two children Leisa and Larry.

In 1993, the couple relocated to Bridgeport, where Mrs. Cecil died on April 22, 2000.

Mr. Cecil then married Shirley Sanchez on Aug. 2, 2003.

Elected to the Mono County Board of Supervisors from the north county in 2000, Mr. Cecil was re-elected in 2004.

He was a member of Bridgeport Christian Fellowship.

Mr. Cecil is survived by his wife; son Larry; daughter Leisa Weston; five grandchildren, Matthew Weston, Kari Weston, Ryan Cecil, Timothy Cecil and Michael John Cecil; and a sister, Irene Walker.

A celebration of his life was held April 19 in Bridgeport.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Capital City Cremation & Burial Society is in charge of arrangements.


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