Donna B. Shaffer 87

Donna B. Shaffer 87, of Kokomo, Ind., passed away at 10:04 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at her residence, with her loving family at her side.

Donna was born on March 13, 1926, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to the late Harry and Gladys Rayl.

When Donna was younger, she enjoyed being a 4-H leader, and an accomplished seamstress. When she lived in Scotland County, N.C., she was very involved in Senior Olympics and their local Senior Center. She was also very active in the Howard County senior center.

At her church, Calvary Baptist, she headed up the organization in charge of the senior trips. She enjoyed traveling very much. Most of all she loved her Lord and Savior, her church and her family.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy A. Hanks (Loren); four grandchildren, Dan Shelby, Angela Coble, Andrea Lopez and Megan Decarlo; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Gladys Rayl; two daughters, Rita M. Shelby, and Theresa L. Ballew; a brother, Robert Rayl; her husband, Glenn E. Shaffer, who passed in 1983, and a companion of eight years, John McDaniel.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church 1967 W. Boulevard Kokomo, Ind.

Services will follow and conclude at the church, the Rev. Jeff Sexton officiating.

Memorials in Donna’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be provided.

All are invited to read Donna’s obituary online at, where visitors may sign the guest book or share a personal message with the family.

Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster assisted the family with the arrangements.