Esther E. Shaffer, age 95, of Canyonville, OR, went to be with her Lord and Savior July 10, 2018.
She was born February 9, 1923, to Jim and Florence Carrick in Dunsmuir, California, where she spent her early years.
In 1937, Esther enrolled in Canyonville Bible Academy (now Canyonville Christian Academy) and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1941.
She married Bob Shaffer, son of the founder of the academy, who later became President of the school. They were married for more than 50 years and had two children, Roger and Adele.
During her more than 40 years of work at CBA, she was a shining Christian example and inspiration to many hundreds of students and those who knew her. While at CBA she served in many capacities including office manager, teacher, activity director, yearbook and class advisor, board member and vice president of alumni affairs. She was also the president of the South County Women's Aglow for over 20 years.
Among her honors; the academy office building has been named in her honor, selected co-alumnus of the year for CBA in 1999, and she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Canyonville Citizens of the Year event.
Esther is survived by her sister, Ether Carrick Hoskins; children, Roger Shaffer and Adele Beck; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Roger and Adele want to thank the many extended family members and dear friends who constantly shared their love, support and encouragement.
A graveside service will be held at the Rosehill Cemetery in Canyonville, July 21, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. A memorial service is planned to be held in Canyon Chapel on the academy campus at 2:00 p.m. on July 28, 2018.