Mary Elizabeth Shifflett
Mary Elizabeth Shifflett, age 69, of Free Union,
died in a tragic fire at her home along Simmons Gap
Road, December 12, 2015, along with her husband of
51 years, Harven Shifflett. She was born October 17,
1946, and was the adopted daughter of the late Ben
D. and Mary Yoder of Stuarts Draft.
She is survived by her sisters, Lovina, wife of
Ernest Yoder of Rustburg, Fannie Mae Yoder of
Stuarts Draft, Magdalena, wife of Alvin M. Schrock
of Cumberland, and Beda Robertson Mattox of
Waynesboro; and three brothers, Sanford, husband of
Martha Yoder of Costa Rica, Eli, husband of Ruth
Yoder of Floyd, and Harvey, husband of Alma Jean
Wert, of Harrisonburg.
She married Harven Isaac Shifflett of Free Union
on November 19, 1964, and they leave behind one son,
Harlen Christopher Shifflett of Tacoma, Washington,
two grandchildren, Michael Daniel and Brittany
Nicole Shifflett; a special unnamed caregiver and
friend and 14 nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in
death by her sisters, Esther, wife of the late
Robert Yoder of Gladys, Lucy, wife of Alvin S.
Schrock of Stuarts Draft; two brothers, Roger Lee
Robertson and John Wayne Robertson; her biological
parents, John Clinton Hite and Lorraine Robertson;
and their dog, Rocky who was also lost in the fire.
She was a professional cleaner and a good friend
to many in her community, and enjoyed bingo, going
on bus trips and finding bargains at yard sales,
which she often shared with others. Gift giving and
arranging for family get-togethers always brought
her great joy.
A special thank you to the Mennonite Community
for their compassion over the past several years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M.
Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the
Dyke Volunteer Fire Department,
9144 Dyke Road, Dyke, Virginia 22935. A private
graveside will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be
made in their name to Dyke Fire Dept., PO Box 9
Dyke, VA 22965 &/or Greene Co. Rescue Squad, PO Box
302 Stanardsville, VA 22973.
An online guestbook is available at
Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, VA is handling