Linda Marie Brougher Shaffer

May 11, 1939 ‒ September 26, 2020

Gambier, Ohio

Linda Marie Brougher Shaffer, age 81, of Gambier passed away at her home on Saturday, September 26, 2020 with her loving family at her side.

She was born on May 11, 1939 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to the late Olin and Mary (Stafford) Brougher.  Linda was a lifelong homemaker and textile artist and was a member of Kudos Art Co-op for many years.  She was an energetic planner and visionary who loved to garden.  Linda was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, of over 61 years, Ken Shaffer; her sons, Myron (Laura) Shaffer, Alan (Marcia) Shaffer; her daughter Elaine (Tim) Benedict; eight grandchildren, Kristina Shaffer, Catherine (Caleb) Reiss, Daniel (Gayle) Shaffer, Lindsey Shaffer, Kimberly (Cory) Williams, Jomar Shaffer, Eric (Madison) Benedict, Amber (John) Green; eight great grandchildren; her brothers William (Linda) Brougher, Michael Brougher; and her sister Janice (Peter) Kaltenbaugh.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her brother David Brougher.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 1-2PM at the First Church of the Nazarene.  A service will follow, beginning at 2PM, with Rev. Francis Bolerjack officiating.  Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County.

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  • Dear Elaine and family,
    I was so saddened to learn of your loss. I had not known that Linda had been struggling again with cancer. It was always sweet to see her at the concerts–our moms sure knew how to nurture and support us, huh? May God lift you up, comfort you and help you through each day. At least we have the blessing of His promises kept and His assurance of her new body in Heaven. Love you!

    • Thank you, Dina for your kind words. Our moms- THE BEST! Many gifts/talents I now am able to enjoy come because of her love and guidance! I miss her daily, but God is comforting, and Heaven has definitely become more sweet! Love you too! I miss symphony! 🙂

  • Hi Kristi,

    We’re saddened to hear of the passing of your Grandma. She sounds like a very special woman, who will be missed by many. Grandmothers are the best!

    Our love and prayers to your and your family,

    Mark and Judy Rigsby

  • Alan, Elaine and all of the family,
    Our hearts weep with you during this time of the loss of your sweet mother. May you feel the sweet comfort and peace of Jesus and knowing you will see her again! Prayers,
    Ralph and Betty Linkous

    • Thank you Ralph and Betty! Mom was definitely sweet! We miss her dearly! Enjoy your wedding anniversary. What a blessing 🙂

  • Elaine, Ken, and family – Bill and I loved Linda — her wisdom and warmth, her spirit and smile. Thinking of you. Marsha and Bill

  • So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing . She and her husband were such a blessing to my husband and I while we were in Mt. Vernon. I know she rejoicing in heaven where mny husband now resides, but I know the pain and grief of the loss you are feeling, especially Ken. My prayers will be with you all.

  • So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing . She and her husband were such a blessing to my husband and I while we were in Mt. Vernon. I know she is rejoicing in heaven where my husband now resides, but I know the pain and grief of the loss your families are feeling, especially Ken. My prayers will be with you all.

    • Thank you, Barbara, for your prayers and kind words. We are saddened, but do know that we will all be together again one day!

  • Kristi, Catherine, Daniel and Kimberly –

    I am so sorry for your great loss of your grandmother. Grandmothers are such a special influence in our lives, and leave a legacy that is beyond compare. My grandmother was my whole world, and her love for Jesus and her prayers for me were what sustained me through many of life’s struggles. I didn’t know your grandmother, but I know of her art and her reputation of love and strength for her family. I can imagine that her love for your and prayers for you over the years have had a big impact on your lives, and that she will be greatly missed. I pray for the wonderful family memories today, and in the days ahead, to fill those holes in your heart that you are feeling today. You have the wonderful value of a strong, loving family, and I pray for all of you that you would know God’s extra grace, peace and comfort. Blessings, Friends!

  • Alan,Marsha and family
    I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Mom’s are such special people in all of our lives. Praying for your family

  • I’m sorry I didn’t know of Alan’s Mom gaining her Heavenly wings Sunday or I would have told you my sorrow of the news 😔 Alan was and is a beautiful credit to Linda; although I didn’t have the honor of knowing Linda a part of her lives on in Him. My live and prayers are with you and the family.
    Karen Nordyke

  • I am saddened and yet rejoicing that Linda is now with her Savior. She and Ken gave me a home during my college years at Plattsburgh. Myron, Alan and Elaine were much younger than I, but I felt like we were family for the short time I lived in their quaint old stone house in the mid 1970’s. The hot water was always on for tea – all day long! Linda loved that I wanted to make Sunday breakfast because it wasn’t easy getting the three children ready for church and prepare food, too. I think of her almost daily because she, like me, had no problem going to bed with a sink full of dirty dishes. She said it gave her a place to start the day in the morning. I love that!! And she listened and listened. I was trying to decide what I really wanted to do – teach or be a housewife – and who I wanted to do life with. Her wisdom was so helpful as I longed to know how to do life. She and Ken had a relationship that I admired. And her creativity was amazing. I definitely didn’t understand her way of seeing things and making art from fabric but I admired it. We were so pleased that they came to our wedding in 1975 in Rochester, NY. I visited once in Ohio in 1979 with our 2 year old. They again welcomed me and listened. I felt safe in their home, loved and not judged. She has been one of the major mentors in my life although our actual contact was limited. I loved receiving their annual Christmas letter with her sketches of the nativity. I think they were Linda’s!!
    I never knew her as a grandma but the memories and photos shared here are a beautiful testimony of her love of family and the Lord. God bless you as you all move on without her in your daily lives. I understand. My mom graduated to Heaven on August 28, 2020. What a blessing to know they are worshipping Jesus and we will spend eternity together in His presence.

    • Hi Jan!
      What wonderful memories I do have of you spending time in our home. Mom and Dad have continued to pray for you and your family all these years. Mom was an excellent listener and was so full of wisdom without ever judging. She is so missed! I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your mom as well this year. It is comforting to know they are together, loving awaiting our reunion again one day, and still cheering us on! I can’t wait to see what artwork she has been able to work on in Heaven! And the Christmas cards were always a joint Mom/Dad effort – 60 years! Oh how I miss her. I hope you and your family are doing well! Take care until we meet again and keep cooking! :). Love, Elaine

  • Linda was a beautiful, creative, loving person and we were honored to have known her. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Ken, Elaine, and all the family.

    • Thank you Steve and Janis! I’m glad you did get a chance to meet her! … until we all meet again!

  • Linda was a very talented lady. When they moved from Plattssburgh, I truly missed them. What a wonderful christian she was….God Bless her family.

    • Thank you Carol! There are days I still miss Plattsburg and the friends/families in our church! Sometimes I wish life didn’t have to change, especially when people have to leave us. She set a wonderful Christian example for me in her walk with Christ. We will all be together again one day!

  • Dear Ken,

    I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Though I didn’t know her well, I was always struck by how friendly she was when we exchanged pleasantries as I walked your house. She will be missed.

  • Ken and Family, I am so sorry for your loss, Linda was a beautiful child of God and she will be missed by many. Linda was my Friend and I will miss her as well. Love and prayers to you all. Dottie Linson

  • Uncle Ken, Elaine, Myron, Alan and the rest of the extended Shaffer family- I’m sorry for the loss of such a warm, loving, beautiful woman. I have a wonderful memories of times with all of you back in Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as your visits to California. She was an angel. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Much love,


    • Thank you, Kim! My wonderful memories are right there with yours! So glad our families were able to spend those times together! Give lots of hugs to your mom and dad – it is so hard when you no longer can, but we have been blessed with the BEST! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!
      Love, Elaine

  • Dear Ken,
    I’m sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was very kind to me over the years and I enjoyed our friendship. I learned so much from both of you. I am thinking of you and wishing you well.

  • My heart goes out to this loving family. My beloved friend Elaine Hartley would often speak fondly of Linda. She was a very talented artist and a good friend. I’m aware of the wonderful life her husband provided. Ken was always there for her in all ways. I can’t imagine how difficult this will be after a lifetime of caretaking – I trust that your family will rally around and help to soften the heartache. I think that it would bring comfort in knowing that all of her days were blessed – and her life was charmed and her family truly meant the world to her… a life well lived – indeed.

    Bright Blessings and love to the entire family – extended family – and true friends…

  • Sad news.
    I spent many lunches and coffee breaks up in Gambier with Linda and Elaine.
    I have Good memories of sharing and stitching.
    I now see Elaine and Linda stitching with the colors in the sunset.
    Jane Kimmel

    • I’m still stitching, and I believe mom is too although we are apart for a short time. Wonderful memories we have to hold on to for sure!
      She loved her friends and fellowship!!

  • My heart breaks at the loss of this amazing and beautiful woman. Full of grace and passion, she has created a legacy of love for all those she encountered. Sending love and light to the entire family.
    Tonia Osborn

  • Thank you, Dina for your kind words. Our moms- THE BEST! Many gifts/talents I now am able to enjoy come because of her love and guidance! I miss her daily, but God is comforting, and Heaven has definitely become more sweet! Love you too! I miss symphony! 🙂