Esther Shaffer

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Esther Shaffer.
Esther was the former vice president of Canyonville Academy and was the daughter in law of the school’s founder. Esther was married to Robert Shaffer who served for years as the president of the Academy. She was a lively, cheerful presence on campus for many years and was deeply loved by students and teachers.
Esther Shaffer’s Godly and positive attitude helped guide this administration. Her son, Roger Shaffer, serves as secretary of the board of directors and helped Canyonville Academy achieve national academic awards. Her daughter, Adele Beck serves on our board of directors and has led the Academy alumni for many years.
Our school office is named the Esther Shaffer Administration Building.
We will miss her deeply but we will not forget her. Plans for a memorial celebration of her life will be announced.
Doug Wead – President, Cori Burkhert – CEO, and Board of Administration


  1. Tami Cyphers Schipper: July 10, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Roger and Adele,

    You are both in my prayers, we are never old enough and our parents are never old enough for this change. I know without a shadow of a doubt that she is in the arms of Jesus and what a home coming it is. I think of Esther often as she taught this left hander girl how to knit, which I still do. Esther will be missed greatly and what a legacy she has left. I know for me she helped play an important part in who I am today. I am so grateful and blest to have had her in my life. Again my thoughts and prayers are with Roger, Adele and the rest of her precious loved ones.

  2. Esther… always a Queen! Classy, smart, wise, encouraging, full of love & fun, with just a touch of honery! She & Lady R prayed with me at the alter when I accepted the Lord at 24, & she became my FFL! In 1988 she came on the Canyonville Women’s Aglow board as the Vice President, where we served together for many years. We traveled to conferences each year all over the US, where we made forever memories! We always looked forward to a couple nights at the coast together each year with Bobi Reinhart. She invested herself into so many lives! She will always be remembered, & greatly missed.

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