MOUNT VERNON — Aurel Louise Shaffer, 89, died May 7, 2009, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
A graveside memorial service will be held at the Valley Bend Baptist Church in Belington, W.Va., on May 29 at 2 p.m. She will be interred beside her husband, Alvey B. Shaffer Sr., and son, Charles Wayne Shaffer, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Shaffer was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Belington, W.Va., to Opha and Bessie Chenoweth. She was the oldest of five children, three sisters and one brother, Martha Mason (deceased), Loretta Coontz (W.Va.), Jean Holbert (W.Va.) and Carl “Bud” Chenoweth (deceased).
Mrs. Shaffer was wed to Alvey B. Shaffer Sr. on Sept. 13, 1949, and started a family. They moved from West Virginia to Ohio in 1960 and she worked in Loudonville at the Haven of Rest Nursing Home for several years. After taking a job in Holmesville at Addressograph-Multigraph and working as an assistant foreman, she attended and graduated from nursing school in Mount Vernon. She remained employed for 14 years at Addressograph-Multigraph until retiring in 1982.
She was always deeply devoted to the Lord and regularly read her Bible and attended church. She enjoyed working with her hands and always kept busy. Among her favorite things to do were crocheting, crossword puzzles, scrabble, music and reading. She also loved gardening and fishing. It was often said by people who knew her, that they came away with a better feeling after talking to her.
She is survived by three children, a son Alvey B. Shaffer Jr. of Ohio, son Rev. Dewey L. Shaffer and spouse Norene of Oklahoma and daughter Barbara J. Hinds of Ohio; five grandchildren, Michelle Kelly (John) of Ohio, Annette Thacker (Brett) of Ohio, Adam Shaffer (Michel) of Oklahoma, Amy Shaffer of Oklahoma and Bill Hinds (Leah) of Ohio; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who will all miss her very much.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 124 S. Market St., Loudonville, OH 44842.