Shafer, Bea

Bea Shafer
Have been held.

Mrs. Bea Shafer, 78, of Portales, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, while waltzing to one her favorite songs.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1926, in Snyder, Texas, to Birtie and Neal G. Smith.

She attended Southwestern Business College in Plainview, Texas, where she worked for a finance company. She moved to Dora, where she worked as assistant postmaster and then she worked in Portales for numerous years. She married Douglas L Shafer on Aug. 2, 1997, in Portales.
Family members said she enjoyed dancing, playing games, especially cards, and had maintained a young heart throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Neal Gordon Smith Jr.; and by a sister, Annie McBee.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas L. Shafer; in Portales; four sons, Mack Strain (and wife, Cherryll) of Lubbock, Chuck Strain (Annie Jean) of Portales, Ron Shafer (Henryetta) of Clovis, and Brian Shafer (Carolyn) of Pine Bluff, Ariz.; two daughters, Cynthia Widman (Sarge) of Reno, Nev., and Marilyn Parker of Las Vegas, Nev.; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vennie Kimbell of Tulia, Texas, and Ruby Willoughby (Franklin) of Kingman, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenneth Broad and Elgin Connor will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jim Bob Nuchols, John Brumfield, Steven Richards, and Matt, Chris, and Stephen Strain.

Honorary pallbearers are Donnie and Thelda Poor, Donald and Lila Watkins, Bill and Nola Hagar, Jimmy Dale and Patsy Ward, Maurice and Jean Waters, and the senior citizens of Dora, Portales, and Clovis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Children’s Home, 1356 Hwy 236, Portales, N.M. 88130.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.