Dorothy Ellen Shaffer

April 18, 1929 - August 10, 2012

Dorothy Ellen Shaffer passed away on Aug. 10, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Walla Walla on April 18, 1929. Dorothy graduated in 1947 from Waitsburg High School, where she met the love of her life, Monte Gene Shaffer. Immediately after high school Dorothy worked as a dental assistant, a career she returned to briefly later in life. Dorothy and Monte married in Waitsburg on Nov. 24, 1949. They started life together on the Shaffer family farm in Columbia County. The couple moved to Prosser in 1952 and made it their home, where they farmed in Horse Heaven until retiring in 1996.

Dorothy was a wonderful wife and mother, thoughtful neighbor and good friend. She trained her beautiful lyric soprano voice at Whitman College Conservatory, and it was greatly appreciated at the First Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir. Dorothy was also an elder in the church, tended its flowerbeds and loved teaching at its Sunday school. She was a past president of P.E.O. Chapter K and greatly enjoyed the fellowship of her P.E.O. sisters. Dorothy was a dedicated, committed Red Cross volunteer, organizing the Prosser blood drives for many years.

Dorothy’s lifelong love of baking received recognition beyond her family and friends in 1982 when she became a National Finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off with her Sugar Crusted Melt-A-Way cookie. Another of her passions was clowning. Dorothy spent many hours as an amateur clown performing at nursing homes, the Washington State Wheat Convention and her grandchildren’s birthday parties. Dorothy always brought laughter, fun and a light heart to all she touched.

Dorothy Shaffer is survived by her husband, Monte Shaffer of Prosser; her daughter, Denise Shaffer-Berne and her husband Richard Berne of Brooklyn, N.Y., and their son Jacob; her daughter, Lorie Shaffer of Seattle and her children, Mikah and Zach Williams; her son, Christopher Shaffer and his wife Debbie Shaffer of Walla Walla; and her sister, Charlotte Owens of Walla Walla.

Dorothy Shaffer’s family and friends dearly loved her and will deeply morn her loss.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church in Prosser, at 11 a.m. A graveside internment service will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Waitsburg Cemetery.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Dorothy Shaffer might consider one of her favorite charities: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Chapter K P.E.O. Scholarship Fund or First Presbyterian Church of Prosser. Those wishing to sign the guest book and leave a message of remembrance may do so at


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