Mary L. Shifler, 97

APRIL 18, 1915-OCT. 3, 2012

October 04, 2012
  • Mary L. Shifler
Mary L. Shifler

Mary Louise (Reeder) Shifler, 97, of Boonsboro, Md., and a resident of Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, passed from this life on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.

Born April 18, 1915, in Bolivar, Md., she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo Martin and Bessie May (Sigler) Reeder.

Her husband of 65 years, D. Roscoe Shifler, preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 1999.

In earlier years, Mary was an employee at Thomas and Sons Awning in Boonsboro, and she also worked at Eyerly’s Department Store in Hagerstown. She retired in 1977 from Western Maryland Hospital, where she was a seamstress.

Mary was a member of Boonsboro Homemakers and Hagerstown Women’s Club, where she enjoyed playing cards, especially the game 500, and did volunteer work at Fahrney-Keedy.

Mary also was a volunteer for more than 30 years with the American Red Cross, and will be remembered for her ongoing support for the bloodmobile in Boonsboro.

She was a member of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Boonsboro since her marriage in 1934.

Mary will be fondly remembered for her love for gardening and flowers, her pie baking and her passion for playing cards.

She is survived by her daughter, M. Sandra Shifler of Boonsboro; her sister, Janet Otto of Hagerstown; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also will be missed by her loving cat, Callie.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen and Viola Reeder and Pauline Summers; and five brothers, Floyd, Melvin, Charles, Austin and Robert Reeder.

A funeral ceremony will be Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. Don R. Stevenson and the Rev. Louis L. Emerick will officiate. Final resting-place ceremonies will follow at Boonsboro Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 33 Potomac St., Boonsboro, MD 21713 or Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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