Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Zena Beatrice Shifflett, 97, of Rocky Bar, (mom, grandma and ma-ma), departed this life into the hand of her Lord, Nov. 29, 2012. She came into this world the daughter of Cornelius and Bessie Shifflett on May 20, 1915, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her loving husband, W.L. (Tim) Shifflett; baby twin girls, son, (Malcolm); two sons-in-law (Vernon Smith, Bill Lawson); three brothers (Irvin, Russell and Mayward Shifflett); and four sisters (Eva Gooden, Mildred Whitesel, Beulah Shifflett and Mary Francis Shifflett); one grandchild (Lisa Shifflett); and one great-grandchild (Betsy Leeth).
Zena is survived by two daughters, Ethel Smith of Harrisonburg and Gloria (Sissy) Lawson of Elkton; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Hedrick and husband, Vernon; six grandchildren, Keith Lawson, Sharon DeBoever (Frank), Michael Shifflett, Becky Brooks (Fred), Kay Leeth (Joe) and Lori Troitino (Bob); 14 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lydia and Francis Shifflett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Zena lived her entire life in the Rocky Bar area and was a member of the St. Stephens and the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. She spent much of her time crocheting, cracking walnuts, feeding birds, planting flowers and making friendship cakes for those in her neighborhood. She had always wanted to be a teacher and was such to all the grandchildren in her life, spending summers teaching them about all the things in nature and other life lessons. Her greatest joy was cooking Sunday dinner for the entire family.
She read her Bible daily and always said she was ready whenever God decided to call her home. She believed it should not be a day of sadness but one of celebration and constantly reassured everyone that she would be fine when that day came.
The Rev. Stuart Wood will conduct a graveside service, as per her request, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Lawson, Michael Shifflett, Joe Leeth, Tim Leeth, Justin Nolen and Alec Soldato. In accordance to her wishes, there will be no family night.
In lieu of flowers, it was her request that donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.