Gloria Jean Harris Shifflett, 71, loving and greatly beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, won a stunning and glorious victory in her passing from this life; having been called home to glory and the open arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 20, 2012.
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A funeral Victory Celebration service will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Rileyville Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Chris Walker. Burial will be held at Panorama Memorial Gardens at 2:00 p.m.
Mrs. Shifflett was born March 15, 1941 in Washington D.C., daughter of the late Ira Lee Harris, Sr. and Zetta Mae Caperton Harris.
She was a member of Rileyville Baptist Church. She was a beautician early on, but for the most part of her life she was a homemaker. As such, her most coveted role, and what she wanted to be most, was a wife and mother. Apart from that, being a child of God, it could be said that her greatest desire was to serve the Lord and help others come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. For so much of her life she was called upon to suffer from a dreadful affliction, but God gave her a great capacity to love, and she was ever reaching out in love and prayer to her family and others with conviction about their need for Jesus.
Surviving are her husband, Jessie Lee Shifflett of Front Royal; three sons, Daniel Shifflett of Front Royal, Mark Shifflett and wife Sharon of Stephens City, and Samuel Shifflett and wife Judith of Bunker Hill, WV; two daughters, Ginger Harden and husband Thomas of Winchester and Julie Goodwin of Martinsburg, WV; nine brothers and sisters, Fred Harris and wife Lisa of Buchanan, WV, James Harris, Elsie Yates, Janet Reed, Billy Harris, Zetta Baker, Tommy Harris, Mary Moses, and Harry Harris all of FL; one half-brother, Ira Lee Harris, Jr. of Charlottesville, VA; one half-sister, Joann Warner of TX; 14 grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rileyville Baptist Church, 7044 US Hwy 340 North, Rileyville, VA 22650, Attn: Sue Ann Moyer.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from April 22 to April 23, 2012