WAKARUSA — Merianne C. Shaffer, 61, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 11.
She was born Oct. 1, 1952, to Delbert and Erma (Stickel) Cripe.
Merianne is survived by her husband, Gerald H. Shaffer; they were married Oct. 18, 1980. Also surviving are her brother, Larry (Kathleen) Cripe, and sisters Connie (Lonnie) Blucker and Barbara Busch.
Merianne was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Aarron Busch.
A member of the first graduating class of Northwood High School, Merianne attended Taylor University and studied art at Manchester College prior to graduating from Purdue University with a degree in animal science.
Merianne grew up on La Har Va Guernsey dairy farm, operated by her parents, and was a lifetime member of the Indiana Guernsey Breeders Association. Merianne worked as a herdsman on dairy farms in Clinton and Elkhart counties. In the late 1970s, she was in charge of raising calves at the Purdue University Dairy Center. At the time, Merianne was one of the few women to be a full-time employee of a major university agricultural research station. It was a source of satisfaction to her that she never lost a calf during her time at Purdue.
Following the death of her parents, Merianne and Gerald purchased the home farm in 1990 and Merianne began full-time work there. Merianne loved being outdoors — gardening and caring for her apple orchard — loved her barn cats and took equal pleasure in hearing the song of a wren and the howl of coyotes. Merianne was a farm girl, through and through.
A member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Merianne was a student of the Bible and active in deliverance ministry. She was a prayer warrior and a firm believer in the power of intercessory prayer to change lives and circumstances. Merianne’s gift was to be an encouragement to others, following 1 Thessalonians 5:14 “... encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, 64901 C.R. 11, Goshen. A private burial for the family will be in Yellow Creek Cemetery, followed by a 10 a.m. service of celebration for a life well-lived Thursday, July 17, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Pastor Wes Bontreger and Pastor Harold Yoder will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Life of Freedom Ministries, 22422 C.R. 46 New Paris, IN 46553. Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is in charge of arrangements.