March 29, 1915 - July 6, 2008
BEAVER CITY -- C. Jean Shafer, 93, of Beaver City, died Sunday (July 6, 2008) at Tri-Valley Hospital at Cambridge.
She was born March 29, 1915, at Orleans to Harry and Elfie (Childress) Olson. She grew up in the Orleans and graduated from Orleans High School in 1932. Following graduation she attended and graduated from Cottey College at Nevada, Mo., in 1934. She began teaching kindergarten at Beaver City 1934, and taught several years, later teaching at Oxford, Culbertson and Kearney.
She married George W. Shafer on March 29, 1943 at Denver, Colo. They returned to Beaver City to operate First State Bank. She operated G W Shafer & Son Store in Beaver City from 1960 until the time of her death. Following her husband's death on April 8, 1977, she was president and chairman of the board at First State Bank at Beaver City until her death.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, PEO Chapter BV and Beaver City Chamber of Commerce. She also was a past member of Eastern Star. She also sang for many funerals and wedding over the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Elfie Olson; brother, Robert D. Olson on Jan. 7, 1943; husband, George W. Shafer, Jr.; and son, Michael Shafer on Oct. 7, 1989.
Survivors include her son, Steve and wife, Kay Shafer of Beaver City; daughter, Meredith Williams of Beaver City; daughter-in-law, Nancy Shafer of Omaha; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church at Beaver City with the Rev. Robert E. Berlie, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery at Beaver City with PEO Chapter BV officiating at the grave site.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City. Condolences or personal reflections can be left at www.wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City is in charge of arrangements.