Martha Shaw MacGillivray

Martha Shaw MacGillivray

4/23/1928 – 7/14/2019

It is with sad news to announce the passing of long time Carpinteria resident, Martha Shaw MacGillivray, 91, on July 14, 2019.

In 1948, Martha married Chuck MacGillivray in Fresno, California, where she had grown up. They soon moved to Carpinteria where they lived for close to 70 years and raised their three children.

Martha had an early and fierce passion for politics and women’s rights. In 2004, she attended a March for Women’s Lives rally with her granddaughter, in Washington, D.C. Martha went on to participate in several local Pro Choice rallies for the remainder of her life.

As Chairman of the local chapter of the American Field Service (AFS-USA), Martha was instrumental in coordinating the international exchange program of many foreign exchange students and families in Carpinteria. She also hosted, within her family, exchange students from Thailand and Switzerland. With Martha’s advocacy of this program, many lasting friendships were made and prompted her travels to Thailand, Switzerland, Greece, England, Scotland, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Amsterdam and Canada.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) also benefitted from Martha’s tireless energy. She served a leading role in the local district (Santa Barbara) for many years. She was a strong believer of the value of public education and the commitment between parents and teachers to provide children with opportunities to make their dreams a reality.

In 2002, the family lost their eldest daughter (Susan MacGillivray). Martha is also preceded in death by her husband (Chuck MacGillivray), sister (Ruth Evans) and brother (George Shaw).

Martha is survived by her daughter Jeanne Wood and husband Brent (Hesperia, California), son Charles “Scott” MacGillivray (Orange, California) and wife Catherine, three grandchildren (Carolyn Lohman, Curtis Wood and Daniel Wood) and one great-grandson (Xander Wood), and many loving nieces and nephews.

Contributions to Planned Parenthood are appreciated via, or by calling (800) 430-4907.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, California.

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