Veronica “Peggy” I. Shifflett, 89, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore, Md., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her late beloved husband, Wallace H. Shifflett Sr., celebrating their life together with Christ. They would have celebrated 72 years of marriage on Feb. 3, 2017. Shifflett was born in Cumberland, Md., on April 28, 1927, daughter of the late Richard Payne and Marie (Foley) Payne.
Her love and devotion was to her soulmate and husband of 68 years, Wallace H. Shifflett Sr. She was a nurturing and loving mother to her four children, Wallace H. Shifflett Jr., Sandy, Chuck and Terry. Outside the home, Shifflett was a service provider in the food industry and service volunteer to the surrounding community.
Shifflett was a 35-year member of, and tremendously active in, Indian River Senior Center, where she had served on the Board of Directors, in the, Glee Club and as travel organizer. She loved bingo. Shifflett served Meals on Wheels in Sussex County for many years and provided support to the Christian Storehouse.
She was a 35-year member of the Oak Orchard Community Church, involved in many of the church activities. Because her husband was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, she, too, was a true supporter and friend of Bill and all those participating in the organization. Shifflett also bowled for 23 years at the Millsboro Lanes, enjoyed playing pinochle and was an avid sports enthusiast.
In addition to her parents, Shifflett was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wallace H. Shifflett Sr.; a brother, Robert Payne; and two sisters, Eleanor Devaney and Katherine Ware. She is survived by four children, the Rev. Wallace H. Shifflett Jr. and his wife, Jo Ann, of Victoria, Va., Sandra J. Kramer of Millsboro, Charles L. Shifflett and his wife, Dorothy, of Delmar, Del., and Terry Shifflett and his wife, Rogette, of Roxana, Del.; a stepson, Robert Nery, and his wife, Pam, of Stormville, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Helen Coker of Cumberland, Md; 24 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; and still growing.
A celebration of life will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at noon at the Oak Orchard Community Church, 32615 Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro, Del., followed by a luncheon for all to attend. A private family interment service is to follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions be sent to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Delaware Hospice was Shifflett’s lifeline throughout her illness, and they were excellent in taking care of her. The telephone number to Delaware Hospice is (302) 856-7717. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com