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Miriam E. Shafer

Miriam E. Shafer

December 15, 1930 - September 13, 2019     Age: 88

Mrs. Miriam Shafer, age 88 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, September 13, 2019 at her residence.

She was born on December 15, 1930 in Williamsport, PA to the late Theodore and Florence Ulmer.

Miriam graduated in 1948 from Hepburnville High School. She was working at L.L. Stearns in Williamsport when she met and married Donald L. Shafer (deceased). They lived in Montoursville where Miriam was a cost accountant at Carey McFalls. She also volunteered for Children and Youth Services working with troubled youth. Both Miriam and her husband were active in St. Paul’s United Methodist church fellowship and developed many long-lasting friendships with the Dorothy Long class. They moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida in 1998 and joined the fellowship of the Memorial United Methodist Church. Miriam attended weekly prayer meetings, book club, and was involved in many activities in Fernandina, such as the Book Festival.

Miriam was a loving wife and mother. She is survived by two sons, Mark Shafer and his wife, Amelia of Fernandina Beach,, FL; Ken Shafer and his wife Brenda of Williamsport, PA, and her daughter, Debbie McCafferty also of Fernandina Beach, FL Her youngest daughter, Laura Shafer, passed away in May of 2009.

She has three grandchildren: Ryan and Shannon McCafferty, and Amy (Shafer) Fehl and her husband, Corey Fehl. She has two great grandaughters, Piper and Sloane Fehl.

Miriam is survived by one brother, Dale Ulmer and wife, Dixie of North Carolina, many brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as nephews and nieces.

 A memorial service to be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday,  October 12, 2019 at St. Paul’s Calvary United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA.

4 Condolences

  • Judi Brown Posted September 19, 2019 6:21 pm

    I’m so sorry about Miriam’s passing. Many people knew Don and Miriam through attending the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s coffee series. They were a devoted couple who loved their family.

  • lynda taylor Posted September 21, 2019 2:20 pm

    My husband, Steve, and I loved Miriam. We spent time with her at Jane Adams every other Sunday. She was such a delightful person in our Sunday services.

  • Shirley & Stan Glidewell Posted September 24, 2019 9:18 pm

    Amelia & Mark: So sorry to hear of Miriam’s passing. I called my mom and told her but she didn’t remember Miriam (mom is 93 now so I guess she can forget some things).Keeping your loved ones close in your heart and they will never be gone. Will keep you in our prayers.

  • Debbie Posted September 25, 2019 6:28 pm

    Mom I had breakfast at Marche Burrette in Fernandina the other morning. Remember we use to go there on Saturday? The only thing that was missing was you. I’m glad you’re with “your Donald” and Laura now. Miss you all.

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