Kendra K. Shaw

October 03, 1990 ‒ December 27, 2019

Cardington, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Kendra K. Shaw, age 29, of Cardington and formerly of Mount Gilead, passed away suddenly from an extended battle with heart failure, kidney failure, and diabetes.

She was born on October 3, 1990, to Cristina J. (Harden) Shaw and the late Steven R. Shaw. Kendra graduated with honors at Mount Gilead High School and Tri Rivers in 2009. She was honored in National Technical Honor Society; as well as, President of Skills USA at Tri Rivers and National Honor Society at Mount Gilead. Kendra later attended the Ohio State University for nursing and worked a number of years at nursing homes in Marion with her STNA.

During her youth years, Kendra enjoyed spending a great amount of time with her loving grandmother Penny Harden. She also enjoyed attending New Life Assembly of God’s youth program where the youth group competed in competitions of the performing arts. Kendra later attended Dayspring Wesleyan Church in Marion and enjoyed the programs they offered for her children.

Kendra was always empathetic to those around her. She cared deeply for those who needed support and always kept a smile even when times were rough. The friendships she made were always meaningful and valued with those she connected with. Most importantly, Kendra loved being a mom. Her two children meant the world to her and she did everything she could to be there and provide from them. Often she would be found in the crowd attending the different sports her son participated in such as baseball, youth football, and Hoops for Him. Kendra was his biggest cheerleader. She also made sure to bring her kids to all of her brother’s football and basketball games when her health would allow her to as family was incredibly important to her. She was very proud to participate in cheering on her brother in track, football, and basketball. Kendra had a love for photography and the ability to capture the moment with her friends and family and an even bigger love for anything Beauty and the Beast.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Xaiden and Airyana; parents: Cris Shaw and Jason Decker; brother, Jayce Decker; grandparents: Spencer (Cheryl) Harden and Bob (Diane) Shaw; uncle, David Carpenter; aunt, Jennifer Hastings; cousins: Jenna (Andi) Carpenter-Pruitt, Brittany Hastings, Logan Carpenter, and Dustin Carpenter; aunt, Jodie (Randy) Fraley; uncle, Johnny; cousins: Aaron and Rita Fraley; her best friends: Lou Newcomb and Megan Collins; and a number of 2nd cousins, great uncles, and great aunts.

Kendra was preceded in death by her father, Steven, and close grandma, Penny Strait.

Her family will greet friends from 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A service to celebrate her life will be held at 3 PM with her former youth Pastor Aaron Rose officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with final expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Kendra’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Such a beautiful Angel.. Rest In Peace..

    May God embrace all family & friends so that they’re hearts will be filled with cherished memories and joy knowing this Abgel us standing and rejoicing in heaven..

  • I sont even know where to begin. Kendra was someone who had a heart of gold she was the sweetest person and had the biggest heart growing up we were inseparable I remember riding bikes all through town going and visiting with grandpa and often times that ended with a trip to McDonalds. She meant the world to me. She was always there when I needed someone to vent to or simply just give one of her heart warming hugs. I remember our trip to Florida with the youth group. I love her beyond words and am very saddened by this but she will live on through her friends and family. Memories I will cherish forever she was a true angel on this earth reality is a hard pill to swallow that she is gone but her pain and suffering is now over. She was a fighter and went through hell and back but always managed to keep her spirits up and be the best daughter, mom, friend she could be and more. I love you kendra Kristine shaw
    Will never forget you

  • I cant begin to explain how hearing it is to hear of her passing, kendra was considered family and we love her and those babies so much, I’m at a loss of words about this.
    On behalf of the Toland Family, we send our deepest condolences too kendras mom and her babies

  • I have no words to accurately express how much it hurts, knowing you are gone from us. If I were a religious person, I would say that I look forward to wrapping you in the biggest of hugs in heaven. You are such a bright spot in so many people’s lives. The time we had together after I moved away was rare but every second was cherished.
    When we do meet again, I will work harder to be as good a friend as you were
    I love you Momma Cris, Jason, Jayce Xaiden and Airy

  • My sympathies Cris. I’m so sorry to hear. Nothing can take the place of her absence other that the fact that you’ll see her again in heaven. May the Lord provide you peace and strength for the days and months ahead.

  • My deepest sympathy is being sent to Kendras family. I met Kendra at Community Health Care years ago. She was such a beautiful soul. Prayers for strength and comfort in the upcoming days and time to follow for all who grieve of her departure ❤️

  • I still can not believe you are gone. I just talked to not that ling ago and how we was planning on getting together next year for thanksgiving. How proud you was to have your own place for you and them babies. Just know that you will be talked of often and that we miss you. Prayers for strength for your mom and dad. See you again when its my turn to fly.

  • Cris and kids

    Our deepest condolences are with u and the kids We’ll probably don’t remember me we use to live on chartwell st there We lived their for 10 yrs we seen her grow up. Were so sorry for ur loss We’re good friends of John and Carla Fleece. If u need anything let us know ….. I was at the showing earlier today and it’s amazing the woman she was u should be so proud of her …. The things she did for people I’m going the same type of work I’m a Stna and work with elderly love my job …. god bless ur grandchildren …
    From the Clark family
    Rick and jimi