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June 23, 1945 ~ April 16, 2022 (age 76) 76 Years Old


Sonja Julia Shaw was born in San Diego, California on June 23, 1944.  She was he eldest

daughter of John D. Shaw and Beulah Maxine McCoy.  Sonja had an older brother,

Dr. Walter J. Shaw, who was born exactly the same day as Sonja, only one year earlier.

She also had two younger sisters, Synthia and Sylvia. They were twins.


Sonja went to Lincoln High School in San Diego, Ca. and graduated in 1962.  She later attended

Kelsey-Jenney Business School for 2 years. Sonja began her professional career as an Airline Reservationist for PSA Airlines in 1969. She worked for the Airlines for over 50 years. Later, PSA Airlines became American Airlines, which is the company Sonja retired from in 2019. Sonja was a dedicated and loyal employee and she made many friends over the years. Many of these friends from the Airlines were still in touch with Sonja.


Sonja played the piano and sang at her high school and at the 31st Street SDA Church. Many of her first cousins and friends sang in the choir, also, so it made it so much fun!


When Sonja was younger, she had a son, Byron Shaw. Affectionally, he was called “Casper” by his family.  Casper enjoyed fishing and collecting sports memorabilia. Unfortunately, Casper passed away in February 19, 1991 at the age of 29 years. It was a sad time for Sonja.


Sonja loved to travel and shop.  She really enjoyed flying to Paris, France, for a weekend just to go shopping. Sonja often visited the Caribbean and loved to wear big hats!


Sonja married Dr. James E. White on Sunday, February 2, 1992. She and James loved to travel together and traveled all over the world. Sonja and James bought a house in Murietta, Ca.

Of course, Sonja had purple carpet put in the house, which was her favorite color.  They lived happily there for five years.  Then, due to an Airlines job transfer, Sonja and James moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina. Sonja and James continued to travel and met many dear friends.

Dr. James E. White passed away September 3, 2014. He was the love of Sonjas’ life.


Sonja had a deep faith from her spiritual upbringing in the SDA Church. She loved the Lord and

prayed daily.  Sonja was baptized by the leadership of Elder Black when she was eleven

years old.   She dedicated herself to the Lord and remained a Devoured Christian all her life.


Sonjas father, John D. Shaw, mother, Beulah Maxine Shaw-Cotton, her son, Byron Shaw,

her younger sister, Sylvia Shaw, and her beloved husband, Dr. James E. White all preceded

her in death.

Sonja leaves behind her devoted brother, Dr. Walter J. Shaw, sister in law, Dr. Candace J. Shaw, her younger loyal sister, Synthia Corum, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends from all over the country.


The family of Sonja Julia Shaw-White wishes to express their deepest appreciation for each act of kindness, ministry, and expression of sympathy shown during this difficult time.

May God Bless all of you.











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May 13, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
31st Street Seventh Day Adventist Church
414 S. 31st Street
San Diego, CA 92113

Funeral Service
May 13, 2022

11:00 AM
31st Street Seventh Day Adventist Church
414 S. 31st Street
San Diego, CA 92113


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