Mildred S. (Shaw) Barrus (1926 - 2018)
Goshen - Mildred S. (Shaw) Barrus, 92, of Stone Road died August 8, 2018 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born on May 7, 1926 in Chesterfield, she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Meda H. (Wickland) Shaw. She was a graduate in the class of 1943, of the former Williamsburg High School and a 1946 graduate of the former Cooley Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing. Mildred was enrolled as a cadet nurse under the US Public Health Service during World War II. Following graduation, her education continued with courses at Boston University. Her career as a registered nurse began at Cooley Dickinson Hospital where she held clinical supervisory positions for several years. She later became an instructor at the school of nursing teaching Fundamentals of Nursing. She retired from her nursing career in 1991, prior to this she had been a charge nurse for over 20 years at local extended care facilities. Mrs. Barrus was a member of the Goshen Congregational Church where she served as historian for a number of years, she was a life member of the Hillside Agricultural Society and a member of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. She was an American Red Cross Nurse, having taught classes for nursing assistants. Mildred served on the town of Goshen Board of Health for a short time. Since 1976, she has been a participant in the Harvard University Nurses Health Study. Her husband Senator John D. Barrus whom she married in 1951 died in 1997. She leaves her beloved son Steven J. Barrus of Goshen, a brother Lester W. Shaw and his wife Jean Shaw of Chesterfield as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts may be made to the Highland Ambulance Service PO Box 842, Goshen MA 01032. Funeral services will be private for family and the WILLIAMSBURG FUNERAL HOME was entrusted with her cremation. Her place of rest will be beside her husband in the Goshen Cemetery.