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“I am heartbroken over Lou's passing. So many regrets of not contacting her for years. She was more of a mother to me than anyone else in my life. I...Read More »
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Mary Lou Shaffer, 68, of Nauvoo, Illinois, passed away at 6:30 P.M. Sunday April 12, 2015 at her home.

Born May 31, 1946 at Millville, New Jersey the daughter of Louis and Mary Rae Chambers Bennett. On April 24, 1967 at Jacksonville, North Carolina she married Gordon D. Shaffer.

Survivors include her husband Gordon Shaffer of Nauvoo, Illinois, one daughter Donna Shaffer of Warsaw, Illinois, three sons: Louis Shaffer of Warsaw, Illinois, Michael Shaffer of Iowa City, Iowa and Terry Shaffer of Hamilton, Illinois. Two brothers Charles Bennett of New Jersey and Thomas Bennett of California. Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary Lou was a homemaker and enjoyed camping. She and Gordon were foster parents to many kids for over 25 years.

Her body has been cremated and no services are planned at this time.

A memorial has been established and contributions may be mailed to the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home PO Box 22 West Point, Iowa 52656. Online condolences may be made to the family at