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Luree Shafer - March 24, 2011


Minnie Luree (Hegwood) Shafer, the daughter of Homer and Minnie (Stevens) Hegwood, was born on Aug. 28, 1917, at the family’s farm home in Madrid, Neb. She was one of seven children.
Luree was a member of the United Methodist Church of Madrid and Imperial since 1931.
She attended Madrid Schools and graduated in May 1935, third in her class. She received the Regent’s Scholarship from the University of Nebraska. Education was always important to Luree.
Luree was united in marriage to William Earl Shafer on May 4, 1941, at the Madrid Methodist Church. They lived in numerous locations during WWII while Earl was in the service. They made their home in Imperial where she resided until her death. This union was blessed with two children: Carol Earlene and Kenneth Ernest.
Luree worked for the Perkins County Welfare Department and Extension Office. She also worked for the Chase County Selective Service before becoming the Secretary/Bookkeeper at the Chase County Schools where she was employed for 32 years. She enjoyed seeing all of the children and took extreme pride in her work. She retired in August of 1994.
In addition to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Luree enjoyed baking, crocheting, reading and crossword puzzles. She will be remembered by many for her wonderful banana bread.
Luree departed this life on Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Imperial, Neb. She was 93 years of age.
Luree was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl in 1990, daughter Carol in 1988, sisters Marie Black and Claire Carey, brothers Jim, Bill, Carl and Esley Hegwood and niece Judy Black.
Survivors include son, Kenneth Shafer and long time companion Darlene of Champion, Neb.; special son-in-law, Alex Gordon and family of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren, Craig Loeffler of Imperial, Neb., Dawnya Dreiling and husband Rick of Grant, Neb., Angela Laird and fiancé Jim Pankonin of Imperial, Neb., Tina Macklin of Wauneta, Neb.; 12 great-grandchildren, Tondarae, Alex and Alan Loeffler, Michael and Laura Dreiling, Curtis, Jasmine and Austin Laird, Jill Pankonin, Lorenzo, Cheyenne and Dennis Cavanaugh; sister-in-law, Iona Shafer of Sumner, Neb.; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Luree Shafer were held Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 11 a.m. at Liewer Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Andersen officiating.
Pianist was Mr. Don Newman and singers were Irvin and Garneta Bauerle.
Escorts were Craig Loeffler, Dawnya Dreiling, Angela Laird, Tina Macklin, Laura Dreiling, Jasmine Laird, Jill Pankonin, Cheyenne Cavanaugh, Tondarae Loeffler, Alex Loeffler, Alan Loeffler, Michael Dreiling, Curtis Laird, Austin Laird, Lorenzo Cavanaugh and Dennis Cavanaugh.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the Rainbow Promise Preschool and the United Methodist Women’s Ladies Circle.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.