Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Dahl Shaner, 85, of Lexington passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Dahl Shaner, 85, of Lexington passedaway peacefully at her home on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Her heart was broken after the passing one month earlier of her beloved husband of 65 years, Joe Colon “Pete” Shaner Jr.
Betty is survived by her children, Catherine Elizabeth Shaner Carlock and her husband Craig, and Mitchell Dahl Shaner and his wife Laura, all of Lexington. She was predeceased by her oldest and youngest sons, Joe Colon Shaner, III (in 1975) and Mark William Shaner (in 2011).
She cherished and was cherished by her seven grandchildren: Joseph Shaner Carlock and Catherine Maling Carlock; Jackson Rutherfoord Shaner, Peter Eric Shaner, and Gabriel Mitchell Shaner; and Mark William Shaner Jr and Elizabeth Rachel Shaner.
Born on Oct. 20, 1931, in Hot Springs to Elmer Frank Martin Dahl and Evelyn Lucille Mitchell Dahl, “Betty Jean” spent a joyful childhood in Staunton on North Augusta Street, where she was doted on by her brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded her in death: Mitchell Frank, Robert Frederick, Mary Lucille, Evelyn Louise, Harry Allen and Charles William.
Betty attended Mary Baldwin College for two years, enjoying music classes. She frequently set friends up for dates, including a young man from Lexington, “Pete,” who was a friend of one of her beaus. But Pete and Betty soon figured out they were the ones meant to be and at age 19, Betty married the love of her life and moved to Lexington. They lived their early years in a country home by the Shaner greenhouse business and then built the house atop Hunter Hill.
Betty was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and homemaker who personified the epitome of Southern hospitality through her elegance, grace and poise. Anyone who visited the Shaner home was sure to feel welcome, comfortable, and well-fed. With her ever-ready smile, Betty will be remembered and celebrated by all she encountered. She enjoyed memberships in the Town and Country Garden Club and League of Women Voters and served on the board of Stonewall Jackson Hospital. She took pleasure in perusing newspapers and decorating magazines. She shared Pete’s love of reading and in her later years, surprised her family when she came home from the beauty parlor saying she would like a Kindle.
A lifelong Baptist and longtime member of Manly Memorial Baptist Church, Betty was a devout Christian. She especially enjoyed serving as a leader of the Girls Auxiliary and delighted in encountering girls in her later years whom she had taught. Pete and Betty were an inspiration to all through their love and devotion to each other and family.
A memorial service to celebrate Betty’s life will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lexington (due to current renovations at Manly Memorial).
Memorial contributions may be made to Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA), P.O. Box 640, Lexington VA 24450.