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Margaret Ann Shoven Shafer

1943 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Margaret Ann Shoven Shafer Obituary
Shafer, Margaret Ann Shoven SAN DIEGO -- Margaret Ann Shoven, daughter of the late Arthur Brayton Shoven and Lucille Royer Shoven, was born on September 9, 1943 and died on November 26, 2013. She was a native of San Diego. She grew up in North Park and lived in the same house from birth until she went away to college at the UC Santa Barbara and studied to become an elementary school teacher. Growing up, Margaret was very active in Girl Scouts and different music groups. She took piano and violin lessons and was in the school orchestra each year beginning with junior high school. She minored in music in college and was in the University orchestra but put her music aside when she got her first job teaching elementary school with the San Diego Unified School District. She met Roger Shafer in October of 1967, who was in the Navy and stationed at the base in Coronado. They became engaged in January 1968 and had a June wedding. She taught one more year in San Diego before she become pregnant with her first child. Before the birth, Roger was transferred to an aircraft carrier. Margaret stayed in San Diego until after her first son was born. When Roger's ship returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Margaret brought her five month old son along to the east coast. They spent two years in Virginia before Roger was reassigned back to San Diego. Margaret was seven months pregnant when they returned, so her second son was also born in San Diego. Margaret followed the two boys' sports and was also their Cub Scout den mother for four years. When Roger left the Navy after 20 years Margaret went back as a substitute teacher. She liked teaching and was offered a permanent position after three years. She became an ESL teacher and taught first graders English. Margaret incorporated singing and music in the program. She also was a Mentor Teacher, helping to prepare new teachers to succeed. The last three years she taught school as a reading specialist and worked with struggling readers on a one-to-one basis. While Margaret was teaching, Roger and Margaret did some traveling on most school holidays. In 2003, Margaret retired and Roger and Margaret traveled extensively to Hawaii, Europe, South America, and New Zealand. Margaret and Roger's second son lives in Sydney, Australia and they made seven trips there. When not traveling Margaret liked to knit, quilt, and sew. Margaret entered knitted and sewing items in the San Diego County Fair each year and earned many ribbons. She also was an avid stamp and thimble collector. Margaret volunteered at the First United Methodist Church of San Diego, singing in the church choir for 24 years, helping prepare the weekly bulletin and making prayer quilts. She bravely battled Parkinson's disease the last few years. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Roger, her brother, John Shoven, her sister-in-law, Katie Shoven, her two sons, Bradley and Jeffrey, her daughters-in-law, Darryl and Cathy, her nephew, Jimmy Shoven, and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on December 6, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Margaret's ashes will be placed in the memorial garden at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to First United Methodist Church of San Diego or the Parkinson's Association of San Diego.
Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 3, 2013
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