Jennifer Materna Shaffer

July 19, 1979December 30, 2012
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Havelock, NC

Jennifer Materna Shaffer, 33 and her infant daughter, Julia Elizabeth Shaffer, of Havelock, died December 30, 2012 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her interests included art and dance and she enjoyed spending time with her children and family.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Brian James Shaffer, three sons, Matthew, Andrew and Cody Shaffer, all of Havelock; her parents, Joseph and Mickie Materna of Cape Carteret; one brother, Joseph Materna and wife Yvonne of Havelock; her maternal grandfather, Joseph “Pap” Materna of Pennsylvania; her mother in-law, Sandra Lilly of Havelock; and her brother in-law, Patrick Lilley and wife Angie of Havelock.

A service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, January 4, 2013 at Annunciation Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House 529 Moye Blvd., Greenville, NC 27834 or to Vidant Children’s Hospital 2100 Stantonsburg Rd., Greenville, NC 27834.

Online condolences may be made to the Shaffer family at www.cottenfuneralhome


  • Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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Angela Lilley

January 28, 2014

Well this will be the last message i leave on here for you Jenny. The page goes down tomorrow. I have copied all of the posts and printed them off and made a book so when the boys are older they can look through it and see how truly loved you were. Matthew still speaks of you regularly and it makes us all so happy. We see so much of you in both of the boys. So in them you still live on. I love Jenny and miss you every day.

Shelby Pearce

December 31, 2013

I love and miss you jen

Daniel Garner

December 31, 2013

Sometimes I think of you when I pass on some of the parenting tips you gave me. Wish you were around to give some more! ~smiles~ We miss you Jenn!

Melanie Simmons

December 31, 2013

It's been a year ago that so many of us lost such a beautiful person in our lives, not only you but the beautiful baby that we had yet to meet. I think of Jenny often and the family she loved so much. Miss seeing her smiling face. She may be gone, but will never be forgotten. Your boys will always know what a wonderful mother they had, and anyone that knew you had no doubt of the love you had for them and your family and friends. Smooches to heaven doll face, xoxo!


December 31, 2013

Missing you dearly Jenn!

Brett Pearce

December 31, 2013

I had known Jenn for a long time and know how much of a great person she was. It is really hard not having her around on all of our special events and family get togethers. I say family because she was like a little sister to me and meant the world to my family. I know Jenn touched alot of people in many different ways. You could always count on her in others times of crisis because she would make plans for all of the friends to take meals and other things in their times of need. Jenn was a great wife and an awesome mother to Matt and Drew. I still think about Jenn everyday and i know i will for years to come. I love and miss you with all my heart Jenn Shaffer.

Jenny Owens-Marquette

December 30, 2013

I just learned today of Jenny's passing last year. How my heart aches for everyone of you. Jenny and I were very close in High School and some of my best memories always include her. We have sparatically stayed in touch over the years, always keeping each other updated on our families. She was one of the kindest people I've ever had the privilege to be friends with.

Alura McElvain

December 30, 2013

Last week I was at the school Mathew was sitting with Trapper, they were laughing and giggling. I thought of how much you would love to look into their faces. I loved watching Trapper and Mathew grew together. How they would start trouble and play so rough. Then Came the moment I have dreaded. Mathew got out of his seat walked to me and looked at me. I have a terrible time looking into those eyes. I always look away to keep from crying. Then he asked me, " do you know my moms name? " I lost me breath and turned from him. He walked around to look me in the face again. He asked again, this time I was in tears trying not to let him see. " Do you know my moms name?" I took a deep breath and said yes, Mathew I knew your mom she was my friend her name is Jennifer". He said "yes my mom's name is Jennifer but we call her Jenny". Oh I couldn't keep my tears back. I love our boys and miss you dearly. I will try not to let him see me loose it like that again. Your baby has not forgotten you he talks as if you are right there.

Joe Papa

December 30, 2013

I always remember your smile and we shared laughs, especially about Brian & I playing Morrowinds! You said U were getting Brian an Hobbit suit so he could dress up when he played the game & I should get one also.... Still makes me laugh to day!!!

Nichole Adderley-LaCour

December 30, 2013

Jen, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss you. Your proud moments of being a mommy to your boys, your posts and conversations of your love for your family and how you envision them as they grow.... You left footprints in so many peoples hearts; and I am bless to have known you and grown up with you.

You are quite special, I only hope you knew exactly how special you were to each of us. Your boys are so smart and handsome, I know you are watching over them.

Until we meet again my friend, love you.