Ruth Ann Shaner, 81

Ruth Ann Shaner, 81, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Dover, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. She was born July 21, 1935, in Harrington, Del., daughter of the late Arthur Callaway and Elsie (Bailey) Callaway.

Shaner was a graduate of Harrington High School, in the Class of 1952. In her adult life, Shaner continued her education by attending the University of Delaware and Wesley College.

At a young age, she began working as one of the original switchboard operators for Bell Telephone, then worked as the office manager of Marker’s Poultry Farm in Dover. Shaner established a career as the executive secretary to the president of Reichhold Chemical Plant in Cheswold, Del., retiring after more than 20 years of service. She then worked as office manager for Chase Manhattan Mortgage in Dover for 10 years, before retiring completely in 2004.

Shaner loved spending time at the beach, eating crabs, getting together with her family and friends, and trips with her beloved sweetheart, Greg. Her lifelong dream was to live by the beach. In 2006, she achieved that dream when she moved to the beautiful Baywood Greens community.

She was the epitome of beauty and elegance and will be forever remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

In addition to her parents, Shaner was preceded in death by her loving husband, Homer “Greg” Shaner, in 2014; three brothers, Arthur, William and Franklin Callaway; and two sisters, Marguerite Cooke and Evelyn LeCates. Shaner is survived by her daughter, Christy Dowd, and her husband, John, of Lewes; a granddaughter, Jamie Bancroft, and her husband, William, of Gaithersburg, Md.; a stepdaughter, Shelly Hostedler, and her husband, Richard, of Lincoln, Del.; grandchildren Faith Rentz of Dover, and John McMahan and his wife, Wendy, of Milford, Del.; her twin sister, Kathryn Wilson, and her husband, Robert, of Smyrna, Del.; a sister, Marie Zulkowski, and her husband, Stanley, of Bear, Del.; five great-grandchildren; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

The family extended their sincere appreciation and thanks to the nurses and staff at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del., as well as the lovely ladies of Griswolds for their excellent care and kindness.

A visitation and funeral service were scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. Interment was to follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. A celebration of life reception was to follow the interment. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at