Lois Shaffer

August 24, 2013 • Obituaries

Shaffer-LoisIn loving memory of Lois Shaffer, our wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and matriarch who passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013, after a brief illness, friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Hagerman.

Lois was born in Los Angeles, [auth] California in 1924 to Herbert Patric Cullen and Thelma Brady. She played baby Jesus in the original Ben-Hur. Lois graduated from John Marshall High School and attended Los Angeles City College. She was an executive for JC Penney’s for many years and retired from there in 1987. That same year, after a four-month grand tour of Europe and the UK, she relocated to Hagerman, NM.

Lois was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Sylvester Shaffer, her sister, and her parents. She is survived by her daughters: Cheryle Ellington, of San Francisco, and Shauna Pilley and husband, Wesley, of Hagerman; granddaughters: Lesli Carrera, of Hagerman, Victoria Nickel and husband, William, of San Antonio, and Amy Pilley, of Albuquerque; grandson Allen Pilley, of Hagerman, and great-grandchildren: Kayla Martinez, Haley Nickel, Jacob Nickel, Steele Nickel and Nicolas Carrera.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

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