Nina Mae Shaffer passed away in the afternoon of Saturday, September 22, the first day of autumn, following a short, intense battle with cervical cancer.
She was 72 years old.
Shaffer was born Jan. 17, 1940, the first of three children born to Edwin D. and Viola M. Pease.
She grew up on the family ranch at Usk, attended Cusick schools and was very active in 4-H. She and her sister, Sharon, were born a year apart and were very close.
Shortly after she learned to talk, Nina said “This is my Baby Sis,” and Sharon became “Sis” to everyone who knew her.
After high school graduation, Ms. Shaffer attended Washington State College before coming home and marrying Robert Proctor.
Their daughter, Tarri Lea, was born in 1962.
When the marriage ended, Ms. Shaffer moved into a house on the north side of Spokane, paying the rent and damage deposit with the premium money she had won at the Pend Oreille County Fair that year.
She soon landed a job at Perfect Photo printing photographs and worked there until the plant closed.
She then worked for Spokane School District 81 as a cook and kitchen manager for 17 years until her retirement.
After her second marriage ended, she met Skeeter Shaffer and they married in 1974.
The couple especially enjoyed their summers at Loon Lake, entertaining many guests with boat and jet ski rides and delicious barbecue.
Shaffer is survived by her husband, Richard (Skeeter) Shaffer at the home; daughter Tarri, son-in-law John, and grandson Bailey Brown of Newport; sister Sharon Howe (and her companion Rick Walker) of Golden Valley, Ariz. and Metaline Falls; brother Nick Pease (and wife Jean) of Usk; niece Brenda Konkright of Newport and nephew Trevor Pease of Bellevue.