Violet A. Schaffer, age 98, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Shuksan Health Care Center in Bellingham. She was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia on May 20, 1914 to Dwight and Addie (Biggar) Rucker. She graduated with honors from Bellingham High School in 1930, and as an LPN from Bellingham Technical College in 1957.
Violet was a member of Calvary Temple almost all her life, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member and elder. She enjoyed writing poetry, cooking, sewing and knitting. She will be remembered as a committed Christian wife, mother and friend.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Russell J. Roberts in 1953, Peter J. Thiessen in 1974 and Alexander L. Schaffer in 2004, her parents, two brothers, four sisters and one step-son. She is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Gary) Olsen, Karen Greenwalt and Rosalie (Ernest) Karjala; step-daughters June (Jim) Allison and Shirley (Robert) Hanson; step-sons Larry (Sandi) Schaffer and Calvin (Susan) Schaffer; brother-in-law James Roberts; sister-in-law Judy (Roberts) Urquhart; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
A visitation will be held Thursday, August 16th from 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. and Friday, August 17th from 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. at Moles Farewell Tributes, 2465 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham. A graveside service will be held Friday, August 17th at 11:30 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, 5977 Northwest Road, Ferndale, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court, Bellingham, with Pastor Bud Lee officiating.
Violets family is very grateful for the loving care she received for the last four years of her life at Shuksan Health Care Center. Memorials may be made to the Eden Fund at Shuksan, the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham, or a charity of your choice.
Farewell Tribute Information
Visitation: Thursday August 16th, 5PM-8PM and Friday August 17th, 9:30 AM-11AM
Graveside Service: Friday August 17th, 11:30 AM at Woodlawn Cemetery, 5977 Northwest Road in Ferndale, WA
Memorial Service, Friday August 17th, 2:00 PM at Birchwood Presbyterian Church, 400 Meadowbrook Court in Bellingham