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Frances M. (Shafer) Anderson

May 14, 1933 ~ February 26, 2021 (age 87)

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Frances Maxine (Shafer) Anderson, 87, of Shenandoah, peacefully entered into rest on Friday morning, February 26, 2021 at her home in Shenandoah surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah.  Open viewing and visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.  The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.   Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery.  Memorials in Fran's name are being directed to the Shenandoah Public Library or to the Shenandoah Ambulance Service.


Frances Maxine (Shafer) Anderson, daughter of William H. and Ethel S. (Moore) Shafer, was born on May 14, 1933 at Malvern, Iowa.  She entered into eternal rest on February 26, 2021 following a brief illness at her Shenandoah, Iowa home surrounded by family at the age of 87 years, 9 months, 12 days.

Her early life was spent growing up in Malvern, Iowa, where she attended the Malvern Community Schools, graduating from Malvern High School with the Class of 1951.

On May 9, 1954, Fran was united in marriage to the love of her life, Buddy L. Anderson, in Malvern. Following their marriage, they lived at Glenwood, Iowa, and Malvern.  On December 31, 1956, they moved to Shenandoah where they would live out the rest of their lives.  Fran and Buddy were blessed with four children, Michael, Sherrie and twins Bruce and Brent.

Following high school, Fran worked for Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska from 1951 through October of 1954.  After moving to Shenandoah, she worked at the Mutual of Omaha office from 1959 until August of 1960.  She later worked at Hy-Vee in their kitchen, Eaton Corp. in their cafeteria, Central Surveys for a time and lastly babysitting grandchildren and others before retiring in 1980.

Family was everything to Fran, she enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her family and especially her grandkids.  She also enjoyed coffee time with her two groups of ladies, reading, putting puzzles together, going shopping and family vacations to Branson, Missouri.

Preceding Fran in death were her parents, Ethel and William Shafer; her beloved husband Bud Anderson; and four sisters, Anna, Vera, Thelma and Dorothy.  Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Michael Anderson and his wife Shelley, Sherrie Anderson, Bruce Anderson and his wife Shelly and Brent Anderson and his wife Cindy. all of Shenandoah; seven grandchildren, Kristin (Andy) of Nebraska City, NE, Mitchell (Rachel), Corey, Megan (Cody), Cathy (Chris), Rob and Susanne, all of Shenandoah; 12 great grandchildren, Michaela, Trevor and Alex of Nebraska City, Lexi, Huxleigh, Corvin, Alaina, Aubree, Anthony, Cayley, Cain and Camden, all of Shenandoah; other relatives; and many friends.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Frances M. (Shafer) Anderson, please visit our floral store.


March 3, 2021

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service
405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

March 3, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service (Shenandoah)

Funeral Service
March 4, 2021

2:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service (Shenandoah)

March 4, 2021

3:00 PM
Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah


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