Maureen Shaffer, beloved wife, mother sister and dear friend, fell asleep in death on August 27, 2021. She was born to Virgil and Gayle Johnson in Washington in March, 1959. Maureen was a happy child; she fondly remembered following her grandma around in the garden, going to the Kingdom Hall and to Bible studies.
She came to Alaska only to visit her sister Kim, but here she met, fished, camped and sang with Keith Shaffer and so they married nearly 40 years ago. They moved to Kenai, and in time welcomed to their family Jacob, Jordanna, and Jace. She grew beautiful flower gardens, and lovingly tended the squirrels and birds, naming many of them. She cultivated deeply meaningul relationships and cherished the privilege to study the Bible with her students. Her intimate relationship with Jehovah was regularly nutured by her personal study and frequent prayers.
Maureen is known for her kind, tender care, her pure-hearted devotion to Jehovah, her family and friends. "I love my people," she declared. She had a beautiful welcoming smile and was thoughtful and generous. She always seemed to have the right words at the right time. Her loss leaves a big hole in our heart as she was such a beautiful gem and precious to us all.
Maureen cherished the hope conveyed in the Bible of the coming New World and we look forward to her wonderful hugs and being rejoined with her daughter Jordanna, sister Kelly, Grandma Joanne, mother, father, grandson Landon, and so many other dear ones in the resurrection on earth (Job 14:15, John 11:26). "Soon."
Maureen is survived by her husband, Keith, sons Jacob and Jace, son-in-law Bryan Larson, brother KC Johnson and his family, sister Kim and her family, Aunt Karen and her family and all whose lives she touched. A Zoom Memorial service is being tentatively planned for the end of October due to family obligations. In lieu of flowers or money gifts the family asks that donations be made to the Soldotna Kingdom Hall.
Published by Peninsula Clarion on Sep. 5, 2021.