HAMPSTEAD — Mary Katherine Shamp, 98, peacefully passed away at home Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. She was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Lima, Ohio, to Clara L. Wagner and Ernest J. Wagner.
She attended Ohio Northern University until her studies were interrupted by World War II. Mary married David Shamp on Christmas Eve, 1943. She was a marvelous mother to her three children, Lynn, Tom and Anne, as well as to all their friends who knew they would be welcomed and fed at “Shamp’s Camp.”
Mary finally graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1962, with a degree in education. She taught third and fourth grades in Montgomery County, Maryland, for 22 years. Her students loved her and kept in touch with her until she moved to North Carolina in 2012. She was a prolific artist in clay, batik and watercolors, winning blue ribbons every year for over 30 years at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
Mary loved children and animals and delighted in feeding them. While living in Maryland, she fed the birds, the foxes, a herd of deer and kept a cat or two. After moving to Champions Assisted Care in Wilmington, Mary purchased an adult tricycle which she rode every day all the way around the complex to feed the feral cats living there. Mary was also known at Champions for playing her harmonica. She played “Happy Birthday” for every person on her floor. Her family wishes to thank all of her friends at Champions for their kindness and care.
In March 2020, she moved out of Champions to avoid the COVID-19 lockdown. She maintained an active lifestyle, going out to enjoy the sunshine and the water nearly every day.
Mary leaves behind her daughter, Lynn (Charley) Norwood; son, Tom (Barbara) Shamp; daughter, Anne Shamp; grandchildren, Katie (Tim) Shamp and Douglas Shamp; as well as nieces, Carol Agayoff, Beth (Rick) Canter, and their son, Jeffrey; niece, Kim (George) Huffman, and their daughter, Elaine (Brad) Shapiro; nephew, Rick (Beth) Shamp, and their children, Chase and Megan; sister-in-law, Mary Staas; nephews, John (Gill) Wagner, and their children, Tom and Joe; nephew, James Wagner, and his children, David and Sarah; nephew, Rob Wagner, and his son, Colin; niece, Nina (Rick) Hoppes, and children, Alec (Erica) Hoppes and Abby (Harrison) Rose; nephew, Peter (Jackie) Wagner, and daughter, Alyssa, nephew, Matt Wagner (Anne), and their children, Raphael, Eamon and Elizabeth Wagner.
A graveside service will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 20, at Oleander Memorial Gardens. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ruffian Foundation, a nonprofit feral cat sanctuary. Donations may be made online at zadventurer.org; or mailed to P.O. Box 668, Castle Hayne, NC 28429.
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