Mary Louise ShawMary Louise Shaw has built a life of service, spending all of her time and energy making the world a better place for everyone around her.

One of her many contributions has been to the Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. Since 1992, Mary Louise has played an integral role in the building of more than 500 Habitat houses, touching the lives of 2,500 people in the capital area.

As a longtime deacon and elder at Covenant Presbyterian, she organized teams from the congregation to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Yazoo City tornado, as well as build churches and schools for orphanages in Kenya.

Over the years, Mary Louise also volunteered delivering meals to senior citizens; helped collect and repackage food for community shelters and pantries; read to children at Casey Elementary; and fulfilled Christmas wish lists with the Salvation Army.

Friends of Mary Louise say that “she treats people with dignity and respect… extending help in the most gracious and compassionate way.”