Darcy Damaris Shriver
Darcy Damaris Shriver

December 30, 1952 - January 5, 2017
Resided in Cincinnati, OH

Obituary

Darcy Shriver, aged 64, passed quickly and peacefully, though unexpectedly, on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati.

Born in Ravenna, Ohio, on December 30, 1952, Darcy was the fourth of five children born to Phillip R. Shriver and Martha Nye Shriver. She attended the Kent State University School in Kent, Ohio, until the family moved to Oxford, Ohio, in 1965, where she continued her education at McGuffey Laboratory School, Talawanda High School, Miami University, and Indiana University.

From an early age, Darcy excelled in athletics and was awarded the G.A.A. Outstanding Senior Athlete award in high school. She captained her school's basketball and field hockey teams and was a class officer and honor roll student.

As an undergrad at Miami University, her plan was to become a public school physical education and health teacher; but her own personal health issues caused a change of plan.

An intensely private person, who dedicated her life to helping others, Darcy shunned attention and sympathy, never wanting anyone to know about the FSH muscular dystrophy diagnosis, which forced her to shift her focus away from athletic competition to becoming an athletic trainer. She later enrolled at Indiana University and soon received her Master's degree in Sports Medicine.

Darcy continued to take classes during summers at I.U. toward a Doctorate in Adaptive Physical Education but stopped short of completing her dissertation.

She taught at Eastern Kentucky University from 1976 to 1983 and was a tenured Assistant Professor of Physical Education for which she received that institution's Outstanding Educator Award, while also serving as the very first E.K.U. women's athletic trainer. She left in 1983 to return home to Oxford and became the first female employed in athletic training at Miami.

Eventually the physical rigors of her profession proved too much under the effects of her illness; but Darcy found renewed joy in teaching in the Health and Physical Education Department and counseling student-athletes for then-coach Tim Rose with the football team, culminating with her being asked by Athletic Director Dick Shrider to develop a new program in 1986 with Miami University Intercollegiate Athletics in academic advising for every athlete.

She served as the Miami I.C.A. Academic Coordinator for the next sixteen years, eventually adding an assistant to the program, and after a year's absence from Miami returned to become the Director of the newly established Red and White Club, beginning in 2002 until 2007.

Darcy received many accolades from her colleagues and peers. In 1998 Darcy was named Miami's Teammate of the Year, and in 2006 she was the recipient of the Donna de Varona Spirit of Sport Award from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Foundation.

During her years advising student athletes, Miami was at one time ranked fourth in the nation in the number of athletes who graduated. She loved "her kids" as she often referred to the many thousands of student athletes she worked with at Miami, and loved her job.

Her life's journey took another turn in 2007, when her mother Martha suffered a debilitating stroke. Darcy left her Miami duties behind to become a full-time nurse and companion to her parents for the remainder of their lives.

Darcy was predeceased by her parents, and is survived by her sister Carolyn (Bill) Shaul, sister Susan LaVine, sister Melinda (David) Williams, brother Scott (Vicki) Shriver, eight nieces and nephews, including Trevor (Tiffany) Helwig, Ryan (Jill) Helwig, Lindsay LaVine, Andrew (Melissa) LaVine, Katie (Wes) Lippman, Ryan Williams, Cameron (Julia) Shriver, and Kyle Shriver, and ten grand nephews and nieces, on all of whom she doted and to whom she was a cherished daughter, sister, and aunt.

Darcy also leaves her closest friend Carolyn Condit, whose steadfast faith, warm humor, and generous heart kept Darcy grounded and focused to help ease her pain and find humor in the more challenging times of her life.

Darcy was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, the National Athletic Trainers Association, and Oxford PEO Chapter DC among other organizations.

Funeral arrangements will be handled through Gilligan Funeral Home in Kenwood, Cincinnati, Ohio. A public Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Mary's Parish Church in Oxford, Ohio, on Saturday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a private family interment in Oxford Cemetery. A public celebration of Darcy's life will then begin in the Hall of Fame area of Miami's Millett Hall, following at 12 noon that same day.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Darcy's honor to Miami University for the Darcy Shriver Scholarship for Student-Athlete Success. Those wishing to contribute should make checks payable to the Miami University Foundation and indicate "Darcy Shriver Fund" in the memo portion of the check. Please mail gifts to Miami University, University Advancement, 725 E. Chestnut Street, Oxford OH 45056.

Alternatively, donations can be sent in Darcy's name to The Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440.
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Mary's Parish Church
111 East High Street
Oxford, OH US 45056
Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:30 AM
Celebration of Life
Millett Hall, "Hall of Fame" area
500 East Sycamore Street
Oxford, OH US 45056
Saturday, January 21, 2017
12:00 PM