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Maria Shaw Dombrowski

March 19, 1961 — July 1, 2024


Maria Shaw Dombrowski, 63, of Farmer, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by those she loved on Monday, July 1st. 

Maria is survived by her loving husband, Eddie Dombrowski of the home. Her children, Cristen Payne (Strader) of Farmer, E.J. Dombrowski (Ashley) of Cary, John Dombrowski (Nicole) of Denton, and Cecilia Dombrowski of Greensboro. Her grandchildren, Kelsie Payne (Sawyer) of Randleman. Kenzie Martin, Jesse Martin Jr., and Hunter Martin, all from Farmer. Olive Dombrowski and Joey Dombrowski, of Cary. And her soon to be great grandchild Jack McCollum of Randleman. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Ken and Kay Shaw of Denton. After the passing of her adoptive parents, Maria reconnected with her birth mother Katherine and biological family including George Bryant, Bobbie Brown and many other siblings and cousins who she loved very much. 

Maria was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland in 1961. As a military child, she spent her early childhood in Germany, France, and Augusta, Georgia. Her family eventually settled in Farmer where she attended Farmer School and was a 1979 graduate of Southwestern Randolph High School. She also attended Pfeiffer University where she graduated with a degree in accounting. 

Maria was a former employee of Stedman's Manufacturing, The Courier Tribune office manager for 3 decades, and owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics. She was most recently the owner of StepNout formals in Asheboro. 

Maria played a large role in the community. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Asheboro, was a small business owner, and was active in the functions of the Asheboro and Randleman Chamber of Commerce. She was a large part of the Farmer community and was known by everyone. 

Maria was loved by anyone who ever met her and had an incredible personality with a huge heart. She lived for the beach and sitting on her back porch watching the farmer sunsets. She was an amazing wife, mom, gigi, sister, and friend. She was a wise woman who never failed to offer advice to anyone who asked for guidance.

Visitation will be Sunday July 7th from 5-7 pm at Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro. The Funeral will be held at the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, July 8th at 2 pm with Rev. Casey Harris officiating. A private memorial service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Denton at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Randolph County or Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church building fund. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her hospice nurses Megan and Amber for the incredible care they provided. 

Pugh Funeral Home is serving the Dombrowski family.

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Sunday, July 7, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pugh Funeral Home - Asheboro

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Monday, July 8, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pugh Funeral Home - Asheboro

437 Sunset Ave. , Asheboro, NC 27203

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