Lyna player Wagner Shaw | Obituaries

November 4, 1923-Nov. 3, 2021

Lyna Player Wagner Shaw, 97 years old, died on November 3, 2021. She was born on November 4, 1923 at Rolendale Plantation in Sumter County, South Carolina.

She graduated from North Charleston High School in 1940 and attended the College of Charleston for two years. She was employed by the Charleston Navy Shipyard prior to her marriage to William P. Wagner in 1942. Lt. William P. Wagner, III, deceased, and Captain Richard Adden Wagner, deceased, were the children of that marriage.

In 1955 she married the late Lt. Joseph H. Shaw and accompanied him to Boston, Massachusetts, where he did his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University, while Lyna worked as a reservations clerk at American Airlines, the beginning of her career in the travel industry, travel is a passion in her life. After Mr. Shaw’s graduation, his professional career took her and the two boys to Longview, Washington, where they lived for six years.

Two sons, Thomas Alden Shaw and Scott Wightman Shaw, were born there and completed the family. Before retiring to Williamsburg, Virginia, the family also lived in Ohio; North Carolina; Minnesota; Connecticut; and Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Shaw has worked as a travel consultant and freelance writer in many of these locations while pursuing her passion for tennis, bridge, and community theater through plays and musicals. All their lives Lyna and Joseph traveled all over the world. It was a well lived life.

She left behind her sons Thomas and Mrs. Brenda in Athens, Georgia, and Scott and Mrs. Lynn in Trenton, Ohio; and daughter-in-law Jerry Wagner of Lexington, Kentucky. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Jason Shaw, Adam Shaw, Richard Wagner Jr., Lyna Saffell, Troy Allen, Adam Poll, Matthew Poll, and Sarah Poll; and by five great-grandchildren, Mary Louise Wagner, Carrie Lyna Wagner, Tyler Ogden, Keeley Allen and Adden Shaw. Her brother Dr. Robert W. Player from Vancouver, Washington.

A life ministry celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 4th at Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate commemorative donations on behalf of Lyna to a charity that focuses on women’s health.

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