16th February 2017
Gaye was born in 1920 and came from a long line of Anglican clergy with a father who was a professional opera singer. She joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the age of 18 and later married the late Pastor Leslie Shaw on 8 March 1942, who greatly impressed her as being completely dedicated to his calling from God. This was during the Second World War and their honeymoon was spent going door-to-door with handbills for an evangelistic campaign which set the tone for more than three decades of Gaye’s faithful assistance to Leslie in his ministry until his retirement. Along the way, they had 13 house moves and three beloved children, two daughters and a son who had an early death.
Gaye obtained her licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music, a BA from the Open University and later became a teacher. She partially fulfilled in both ways her mother’s prediction that she would be either the Head of a large girls’ school or a bishop’s wife! As a teenager, Gaye’s interests lay in energetic swimming, cycling and professional ballroom dancing. But, when she accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour her focus changed. She totally and selflessly devoted herself to her husband, her children, and the Church. Gaye was a church pianist / organist, held several church offices and helped Leslie in his campaigns.
When Leslie retired, they moved back to Corby where Gaye continued her teaching career until she retired. However, Gaye could not retire fully. She joined a group of volunteers helping children who had difficulty reading, continued youth work in the Kettering church and was quite possibly the oldest ever Youth leader! One of her ambitions was to see a church established in Corby and she worked tirelessly for this. Subsequently, it was one of her great joys to be invited back to attend the inauguration of the Corby group of members.