OBITUARY

Alice Mae Shaffer

8 February, 19378 July, 2021

Alice Mae Shaffer, 84, of Indianapolis passed away on July 8, 2021. Alice was born February 8, 1937 to Herbert F. and Ruth V. (Martin) Miller. She was born in Frankfort, IN, grew up on a farm near Geetingsville, and graduated from Rossville High School where she met and married her loving husband of 58 years Stanley J. Shaffer.

Alice was extremely devoted to her family, but also dedicated nearly 45 years as the “uniform lady” for the Pike High School marching bands, orchestra, and choir. An excellent seamstress, she made sure all the band uniforms, concert dresses, etc. fit perfectly. She loved working with the band staff, the students, the various volunteers, and developed numerous lifelong friendships over her 45 year career working with and supporting the Pike High School Marching Band.

In addition, Alice enjoyed watching sports of all sorts, but was a huge fan of both the Indiana Pacers and Purdue basketball. She would frequently watch the game, the replay of the game, and in many cases a second replay if it was a really good game. And, if there were no games, she was always willing to take on the challenge of a new jigsaw puzzle and wouldn’t stop until it was completed.

But more than anything else, she loved spending as much time as possible with her sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. She always had that wonderful smile and sparkle in her eye when she was with her family.

Alice was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Stanley, her mother, father, and brothers (Dale, Wayne, and Lee). Alice is survived by her sons, Byron and Bradley (wife: Michele), her grandchildren (Brian and Mackenzie), her loving sister and best friend Carolyn (Miller) Pasanen, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, July 29th at 6:30pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested in Alice’s name to: Pike Performing Arts Boosters (PPAB); Pike High School Performing Arts Dept., 5401 W. 71st St., Indianapolis, IN 46268.

You are also invited to visit www.leppertmortuary.com to offer your condolences or share a memory with Alice’s family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, 29 July , 2021

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Debbie Vote

29 July 2021

Alice became my client 25 plus years ago . I did her nails , those beautiful pink nails . Pink flamingo and sometimes Pompeii Purple to switch things up .. She became much , much more than a client ..She was my friend and i loved her dearly .. she was a true blessing in my world , she got me and my mom through a really rough time when we we're home caring for my elderly grandfather after he broke his hip. Always had a way of knowing when you needed her and you didn't even have to ask. And was always there for the good times too! So many long conversations and lots of laughs! She was an angel here on Earth and now is an angel in heaven. There are so many words to describe Alice. Kind , generous , sincere , loving , caring , beautiful, loyal , hard working , wife, sister, mom , nana ...a true blessing to each and every life she touched .. I miss you sweet Alice . Thoughts and prayers to her wonderful family in this very difficult time .
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Deb Estes

29 July 2021

I had the honor of working with Alice for many years, even after my kids (Margaret, Kim, and Chris) graduated from Pike. We remember her smile, laughter, and her patience with all of us. She set a true example of work ethic and kindness for all of us. Thank you for your love and for you!!!

Frank & Carol Drumwright

23 July 2021

Alice & Stanley were our Neighbors, two doors down. It was nice to know there was still someone on the block who lived here when Carol’s Grandfather lived down the block. She was a kind & caring Neighbor!

Gregory Horine

15 July 2021

Byron

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Mom seemed like a wonderful person.
God Bless.
Greg

Ed Staubach

14 July 2021

Alice was an incredibly giving person. She would spend all day making sure the Pike bands, orchestras, and choirs, were as appealing visually as they were musically. Then she often employed her talents until long after sunset to make dresses and costumes for musical productions. The teachers at Pike realized and greatly appreciated how much she helped us and the children. I will also be grateful and never forget that she made my wife's wedding dress. Alice will always be in our loving memory.

Karin Stratton

13 July 2021

Alice was a tremendously gracious human being. So willing to share her talents and dedication to the service of others in the Performing Arts Department. Alice led the uniform department for our students with deep care and love. Thank you Alice for all you did to ease the stress for our teachers and the students. Rest In Peace.

Jahn Lawson

13 July 2021

Blessings on Alice and her family. Gone but never forgotten. Great classmate

Kathleen Miller

13 July 2021

When I was a child, I greatly admired my Aunt Alice. She was my Dad's (Dale's) sister. Alice was very pretty, and had a beautiful smile that she shared generously. My attention was captured by her red lipstick and matching nails...surely something for a little girl to live up to!
There was a time about age 5 or 6, I imagined I was treated unfairly at home. Maybe I had to share a toy with a baby brother, I can't remember. But I certainly was ready to hit the road. I packed a kiddie suitcase and sat on the front step of our little suburban house. Mom (Doris) asked me what's going on? I said I'm going to live with Aunt Alice. Never mind that Alice had no knowledge of this, nor was she expected to visit for many months. All I knew was I would leave my humdrum life and live a life of happiness and glamour with Aunt Alice.
That life didn't happen; eventually I went inside and resigned myself to a routine life. I never stopped admiring Alice though, and I will forever miss that lovely lady who gave a young girl something to aspire to. ❤

sara Hennigar

13 July 2021

My, Alice was a long time classmate of mine, I do believe that we went all through school together, starting in the first grade, then junior high and high school. Yes, she always had a terrific smile for everyone. Her Mom was my 4-H leader and taught us quite a lot, but I never was the seamstress that Alice turned out to be. She will be terribly missed by her classmates and especially, Carolyn.

Bob Martin

13 July 2021

I have many, many memories of Alice, my first cousin. My town family spent a lot of time at the Miller farm when we were growing up. I loved hearing Alice play "The Black Hawk Waltz" on the accordion. I was very young when I played the organ for her wedding.
Once when I was 11 or 12, I rode on the tractor with Alice back to the woods to bring up the cows. On the way back in the lane, she let me drive the tractor. Not realizing the rear axles stuck out farther than the wheels, I took out some fence and at least 2 fence posts. She laughed and said, "Don't tell anyone." That's the last time I ever drove a tractor.

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