Dorothy Shaffer

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March 11, 1922 - July 8, 2012

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Dorothy (Dot) Webb Shaffer was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She died peacefully at 90 years of age at HomeReach Hospice’s Kobacker House. Dot grew up in Whittier, California and moved to the Westerville, Ohio area in 1955 where she lived for the rest of her life. After many years of active involvement in her children’s activities in the Westerville schools and in the Beaux Arts Society of the Columbus Art Museum, she attended and graduated from Ohio State University in the early 70’s, majoring in Art History. She ran the education department at the Columbus Art Museum for several years and later was in charge of the Philosophy Department library at Ohio State University until her retirement. She cared for her sister Mable for many years during Mable’s final illness. After retirement, she enjoyed gardening (Dot grew amazing roses), doing jigsaw puzzles with her friends, and doing crafts many of which are still treasured by her family. She made her home with her son Dan, his wife Sharon and their daughter Sarah for the last five years of her life. The birds and wildlife around their home were a constant joy, as were her kitty Samantha and all the Shaffer pets. She remained active in the Westerville Senior Center community, and continued to create beauty around her as she participated in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her son Daniel, his wife Sharon (Stout), their daughter Sarah and son Rob (Searles), Rob’s wife Tina (Sweeney) and children Calvin and William; and by her son Charles (Lennie), his wife Martha (Caesar), their son Andrew and his wife Rena and their daughter Lela. She was preceded in death by her brothers Bill, Wally and Lanier and her sister Mable. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families mainly in Texas and California. A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to National Parkinson’s Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association. The family wishes to acknowledge the assistance of her long-term caregiver, Sue Pine, and the staff of HomeReach Hospice for their contribution to the quality of her life.

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