Husband of North Routt resident Sancy Shaw, who died in Christmas Eve crash, invites community to celebrate her life
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Routt County community will come together Friday to celebrate the life of Sancy Shaw, a woman who made a difference in the world around her as a wife, mother, teacher and friend.
“I want to honor my wife, and I want to glorify God,” Sancy’s husband, Brett Shaw, said. “I want people to have an understanding of why Sancy lived the way she lived. I want them to have an opportunity to have some closure. My heart absolutely breaks for the people out there that have been so affected and touched by her life.”
A celebration of life for Sancy is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at The Steamboat Grand.
What: Celebration of life for Sancy Shaw
When: 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11
Where: The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle
She was killed on Interstate 70 near Genesee on Christmas Eve after being struck by another driver who crossed the median. The family’s 6-year-old daughter, Charlee, was critically injured in the crash and remains in Children’s Hospital in Aurora.
Since then, Brett has been spending most of his time in the Aurora area taking care of Charlee, who suffered head trauma and other injuries in the accident. The family’s three boys have been living in Evergreen with Sancy’s family.
Brett said Sancy’s life is a reason to celebrate. In addition to being a mother of four, Sancy was a teacher at North Routt Community Charter School and also was very involved in Anchor Way Baptist Church and the community of Clark, where she lived.
“I want it to be a celebration,” Brett said about Friday’s event. “There are going to be a ton of tears, but man she had an incredible life, and I want to celebrate that and honor her in that way.”
Brett and Sancy were introduced by Sancy’s grandfather Walt Florquist, who gave Brett a Post-it note with Sancy’s email address written on it. Florquist told the young man that it was all up to him from there.
When Brett finally got his chance to meet Sancy in person, it was at a family reunion where she had been playing a game of soccer with her brothers and cousins. It was love at first sight for Brett.
“I had always had this idea that I wanted to write a letter to the woman who I would eventually ask to marry me, asking for her hand, and then stick it away and seal it until the day came,” Brett said. “So, the very next day, I wrote the letter and sealed and tucked it away.”
A year later, Brett asked permission from Sancy’s parents to ask her to marry him, and then he popped the question on the slopes of Steamboat Resort.
“We dropped below the cloud line, and we could see for miles looking out over the valley,” Brett said. “I pulled out the sealed letter and handed it to her. She read it, and at the end was my cue to pop the question. She said ‘yes,’ and I placed the ring on her finger trying not to drop it in the snow.”
The couple skied down to the gondola and announced the news to the rest of the family who were there waiting. The couple was married on July 12, 2003, beginning a relationship that would last more than 15 years.
“Sancy was everything I could have hoped for in a bride, and I actually received much more than that,” Brett said. “We pushed each other, we encouraged each other and supported each other. Yes, we had our struggles, as every couple does, but for years now, we were on the same page, and it was amazing.
“Our faith brought us together, and our faith is what sustained us through any rough patches,” Brett continued. “We learned to communicate expectations, desire, fears and hopes. The love that we felt for God flowed through us to each together, to our kids and to those we built relationships with. Her faith is the ‘why’ behind how she lived.”
Brett is hoping his wife’s love will shine on Friday and into the future.
“I just want people to know how much Sancy loved our kids,” Brett said. “She always put those kids first no matter where we were. I am hoping and praying that example and that love she showed them will carry them through this and later on in life. I hope that example is something they can hold onto and say, ‘My mom loved me,’ and they can have confidence in that.”
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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