The Ponca City News
Ponca City, Kay, Oklahoma
Wednesday 3 Jan 2001
STILLWATER — Almeda Shaw Ivans, former resident of Ponca City, died Jan. 1, 2001, at Grace Living Center in Stillwater. She was 83.
The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, in the First Christian Church in Ponca City with the Rev. Kent Dorsey officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Stillwater.
Almeda Shaw Ivans was born Jan. 9, 1917, in Meno, Okla., the daughter of Leonard A. Maphet and Millie M. Decker. She was reared in Enid, graduating from Enid High School in 1934. After graduation, she attended Oklahoma A&M where she was a member of the women’s tennis team. She receive her bachelor’s degree in 1939 in education/physical education and pursued further education until 1941. She continued playing tennis well into her 60s and remained an avid OSU sport fan.
She married Gilbert “Speck” Shaw in Enid on Nov. 13, 1937. She spent the next 30 years in Ponca City as a school teacher. In the late 1940s and early 50s, she taught physical education and girls basketball at St. Mary’s Catholic School. She retired in 1980. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Ponca City Art Association and a charter member of the Lilac Club. She was also a member of the Oklahoma Teachers Association and, later, the Kay County Retired Teachers Association. She was the activities coordinator for parks and recreation and represented Ponca City at the National Youth Drug Prevention Seminar for educators.
After the death of Gilbert Shaw in 1973, she married Chet Ivans in Ponca City in 1976; he died in 1988.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Ringwall; two brothers, John Maphet of Marietta, Ga., and Ronald Maphet of Arlington, Texas; three sisters, Ethel Jorgenson of Ponca City, Olive Trayler of Enid and Wanda Davenport of Concordia, Kan.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents; one son, Mike Shaw; one brother, Gerald Maphet; and one grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Payne County Foster Children, c/o Sherry Harding, Home National Bank, 324 South Duck, Stillwater, Okla. 74074.
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