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Dorothy M. (Gates) Shaum

Dorothy M. Shaum, age 89, of Shelby, died Saturday, December 5, 2009 at her home.

Dorothy was born April 1, 1920 in Bloomingrove Township, Richland County, Ohio the daughter of the late Donald F. and Cleo M. (Arnold) Gates. She retired as office manager for a restaurant in Ecorse, Michigan.
She was a member of the First United Church of Christ, the Women’s Guild at the church and the Friends of The Library at Marvin Memorial in Shelby. Dorothy was a very creative and talented artist and was a member of the Brush and Pallet Art Club in Mansfield.

She is survived by a son and his wife: Mark Allen and Cynthia Shaum of Armington, IL; a grandson: Scott Shaum of Armington, IL; 4 brothers and their wives: Donald and Phyllis Gates of Shelby, Kenneth and Marianne Gates of Shelby, Douglas and Elizabeth Gates of Warsaw, IN, Dennis and Carol Gates of Lancaster, OH; a sister and her husband: Betty and Wayne Mellick of Rock Hill, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband: Hershel R. Shaum in 1988, 2 brothers: Russell and Teddy Gates, 2 sisters: Donna Nelson and Sandra Gates.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11 AM at Mansfield Memorial Park with Rev. Dr. Rich Chappey Rader officiating. Memorial expressions may be made to the First United Church of Christ. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at

Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family: Dorothy Shaum
    Name: Eddy collins

    Date: 09-12-09


    So sorry I was just asking a friend about her, will miss her God bless all. Her neighbor apt. 99 Eddy Collins
    Family: Dorothy M. (Gates) Shaum
    Name: Beatrice Cline

    Date: 09-12-10


    I’m the daughter of Walter and Betty Bittle. Betty is the sister of your Dad. Dorothy would never miss sending my family a Christmas card every year. And I would send her pictures of my grandchildten. She would always write back telling me how much she enjoyed the pictures. I enjoyed her beauty. My thoughts are with you and I will miss her.

    Family: Dorothy Shaum
    Name: Pat Rader
    Date: 09-12-12
    Time: 00:06:39 -0500


    Condolences to the entire family. My late husband thought that Dorothy was a “classy” lady, as do I. She was a beautiful person that made you feel special. I shall cherish her picture with me in the church book-teaching members of the L.O.V.E. group how she made her wonderful pies. We listened, but only Dorothy had that special touch; similar to my own mom’s talent. I shall miss her. It’s only been 6 months since my husband, Dick has passed, so I feel he’s on her welcoming committee! With good thoughts and prayers, Pat Rader, member of her church family.

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