Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 2:42 pm
The Messenger, November 23, 2011
Gina Carol Shaw-Hallgren, 45, of Landskrona, Sweden, a former resident of this area, lost her battle with cancer Nov. 20, 2011.
A memorial service is set for Dec. 4 from 2-5 p.m. at KP’s Music Rodeo in Troy. For more information about the service, call 536-5678.
She was a graduate of Obion County Central High School and had earned a degree in hotel management. She had been night auditor at the Hyatt Regency in Memphis and the Old English Inn in Jackson, where she met her husband of 20 years, Raymond Hallgren of Sweden.
They moved to Daytona, Fla., where she was employed at MRN, NASCAR radio, and in 1998 moved to Sweden where she was a stay-at-home mom to their son and daughter, Garret Hallgren, 14, and Bella Hallgren, 13.
She returned to college at Lund University when her children entered school and began her career in molecular biology. She earned an advanced bachelor’s degree with honors in bio medicine and had been working on a half-times control in experimental and tumor pathology. Her research was in breast cancer, with work on basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
She wrote two theses to advance to a Ph.D. program and had published two articles on skin cancer. A third article is being published on her breast cancer research.
Before she passed away, she received word that Biocare, the company that funded her research project, was giving scholarships in her name to further advance cancer research, an honor of which she was extremely proud.
She was an excellent chef and baker and enjoyed entertaining. She always said she brought “Southern charm” to Sweden.
She was a person bigger than life with a smile that would light up any room, and all who met her and knew her loved her immediately.
She is survived by her husband and children; her grandmother, Ann Ashley of Dyersburg; her mother, Linda Shaw of Dyersburg; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lesa and Jeff Shults of Dyersburg and LeAnn and Will Sudbury of Union City; her niece, Jennifer Sudbury Rose of Nashville; two nephews, Nic Sudbury of Knoxville and Spenser Shults of Dyersburg; her great-nephew, Hayden Parker Sudbury; and two dear friends, Kirk Morris and Kip Morris, who meant so much to her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Klyce Shaw; and her grandparents, Bill and Catherine Shaw and Buddy Ashley.