Celebrating the life of Phyllis Ann Shaffer
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Born on August 30, 1943 in Yakima, WA, Phyllis was the younger daughter of Ed and Marion Wilmeth. She adored her older sister Elaine (Steinmetz) and was heartbroken by her untimely passing in 2007. Phyllis enjoyed an idyllic childhood and adolescence in Toppenish, WA filled with family and friends, and it was during these formative years where her incredible love for people and life took root.
Phyllis attended Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, majoring in English. It was here where she met and fell in love with her future husband, a discus thrower she spotted from her dorm room in Ballard Hall. After a several-year courtship, Phyllis married Fred Shaffer on July 6, 1968. They established their home in Spokane and raised three children.
Phyllis’s passion in life was loving people. She had a heart for women and children, and positively influenced countless people as a preschool, elementary, and prepared childbirth educator. Whenever she was out and about it was very common for her to greet a former student, parent or fellow educator. We were always amazed at how many people she knew! She was devoted to her family and poured herself into her husband and children, making them feel forever loved and valued. She was the best friend anyone could ask for, always at the ready with a compassionate ear and encouraging word.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Fred, children Matt (Renay), Jennifer, Seth (Hilary) and grandson Trent. Her family is comforted by the knowledge that her soul remains in the eternal presence of Jesus but they will dearly miss her earthly presence.
A private burial service for immediate family is planned.
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