Merle Jean Shaffer
December 19, 1927 - June 28, 2020
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Emerson, Iowa

Service 7/3/2020
Evergreen Cemetery
Burial 7/3/2020
Evergreen Cemetery

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Merle Jean Shaffer, age 92, of Emerson, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Accura Healthcare of Stanton, Iowa. Merle Jean was born December 19, 1927 in Red Oak, Iowa, the daughter of Granville and Isabelle (Martin) Lister. She was united in marriage to Harry Shaffer on October 7, 1948 in Rockport, Missouri. They lived all of their married life on the family farm in West Township of Montgomery County, Iowa. For the past two years, Merle Jean has made her home at the Accura Healthcare of Stanton, Iowa. Over the years, Merle Jean was a hardworking housewife, farmer’s wife, and mother. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, and putting up corn.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband: Harry Shaffer on April 18, 2010; step-sons: John and Paul Shaffer; granddaughter: Angela Fisher; and brother: Bill Lister. Survivors include her children: Carroll Shaffer and fiancée Carla Barker of Emerson, IA; Ruth Owens and husband Bill of Stanton, IA; and Nancy Nickolaison and husband Ron of Red Oak, IA; daughter-in-law: Mary Kay Shaffer of Omaha, NE; 7 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Blanche Sederburg of Omaha, NE and Ruby Lister of Red Oak, IA; and several nieces and nephews along with many friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Evergreen Cemetery. Family and friends will gather at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Chapel by 10:30 AM to go to the cemetery in procession. There will be open visitation and viewing at the funeral home on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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Red Oak, Iowa 51566
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