Of Horseheads passed away peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the age of 85. Barbara was born May 27, 1927 the daughter of the David and Dora Spann Bates. She was preceded in death in 2004 by her husband Robert A. Shaw Jr. Barbara is survived by her loving family: daughter Carolyn (Gerry) Caruso; sons David (Cathy) Shaw and Robert (Catherine) Shaw; grandchildren: Christy (Scott) Forester; Libby (James) Foster, Christopher & Jason Hunt; great-grandchildren: Lily, Lauren and Jack Forester, Alex and Brody Hunt; brother M. William Bates and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A natural artist, Barbara turned her talent to interior design and landscaping. Her design skills were recognized when she and her husband Bob were awarded the best backyard pond and included in a tour of homes in a local competition. The family home on Scenic Drive in Horseheads was her sanctuary and homestead to four generations of family. Barb was a great friend and maintained lifelong friendships with many from her original home in Beaver PA to her most recent home at Bethany Courtyards in Horseheads. She was a loving sister to her world traveling brother all her life. She was welcoming and supportive of new residents and participated in many activities at the Courtyards. She kept the Courtyards staff on their toes but was also generous with compliments for them. A longtime member of the Horseheads Presbyterian Church, she was instrumental in the fundraising effort that resulted in the new church being built on Westinghouse Road. The family will welcome relatives and friends to the Bethany Courtyards, 3005 Watkins Rd, Horseheads NY for her Memorial Service on Saturday May 4, 2013 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Barbara may make donations to: Children's Miracle Network 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira NY 14905 or online at arnothealth.org/cmn.