Sarita Oglesby Shaw of Morehead City, passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2020. She was born August 29, 1926 to William Gladstone Oglesby and Ruth Davis Oglesby.
Sarita was a beautiful southern lady inside and out and honored to be Miss Morehead City from 1941 – 1945. She was one of eight young women chosen to be enemy airplane spotters during the war and reported to officials at Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point and Wilmington. She was a USO hostess where Shevans Park is located today. It is there that she met the red-headed Marine that had caught her eye on several occasions as he walked by her family home downtown on Arendell Street. Bob and Sarita were married in the First United Methodist Church when she was 21 and this small-town girl’s life would forever change. Although they returned home frequently to visit her parents, they spent the next 40 years pursuing Bob’s career in various locations up and down the east coast. With over 20 moves during this time, Sarita enjoyed the life that big cities offer as well as the relaxing ambiance of a beautiful seaside town.
Sarita was a devoted homemaker and gracious hostess. She was a woman of faith and loved Bible studies, bird watching, bridge, treasure hunting on the beach, painting with oils, decoupage, knitting, French hand sewing and sweets. She made lifelong friends everywhere she lived.
She and Bob returned to Morehead in 1987 to care for her elderly parents and to spend the rest of their lives enjoying old friends and new. She will be remembered for her joyful good nature and generosity to all.
Sarita was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Robert Alan Shaw, and her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Watkiss and husband, Dale, of Jacksonville, Florida, Elizabeth Duff and husband, Steve, of Morehead City and her beloved “moo” cat, Oliver Twist. Much appreciation to Bobbie, Tricia, Nancy and Robin for all of their care. In Lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation in Sarita’s honor to The Carteret County Historical Society/The History Place, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557, The Webb Memorial Library, 812 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 or Carteret Home Health and Hospice, 302 Medical Park Ct., Morehead City, NC 28557.
A graveside celebration of life is planned for August 29th.
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