ASHMORE – Erlene Shaffer, 86, of Ashmore, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon.
Her funeral will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Ashmore Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials: Angel’s Cove Maternity & Adoptive Care (Illinois Baptist).
Erlene was born November 28, 1932 at Ashmore, daughter of Allen and Beatrice (Shoot) Richey. She married Thomas Shaffer, October 11, 1952 at Grandview, Illinois; he survives. Also surviving are their children: Deborah Mathews-Hine and husband Jeff Hine of Mattoon and Tom Shaffer and wife Pam of Kansas. Three grandchildren: Jason Mathews, Caleb Shaffer, and Katie Shaffer; two great-grandchildren: Lennon Wildman and Audie Shaffer; one brother: Rex Richey of Ashmore; and two sisters: Virginia Brown of Iowa and Lois Coon and husband Paul of Oakland also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
Erlene was a member of the Ashmore Baptist Church. She was devoted to all of her family. Erlene was known for her baking skills, especially her pies and cookies.