Tonights blog is about one of the many hard working former teachers from Rich Hill. Several people have previously asked me if I had ever ran across any information about Miss Shafer? So, I started to check into Miss Shafer and the following information is what I have found. The information for this blog came from the Butler Republican Newspaper and Miss Shafers' obituary.
Miss Bess C. Shafer was born November 25, 1911 in the Rich Hill community of Fairview. Bess was born to George W. and Theodocia E. Lyons Shafer. Bess had one brother George H. Shafer Jr. She attended the Fairview School and went to high school in Rich High; Graduating with the class of 1929. She attended Central Missouri State Teacher’s College in Warrensburg graduating in 1934 with a B.S. in Education and returned home to teach at the Fairview School. She was a very good elementary teacher and an outstanding high School teacher in Mathematics and a profound influence on her students, always willing to help a student in anyway. Ms. Shafer taught in the Rich Hill Elementary School and began teaching Mathematics for the Rich Hill Junior High and Senior High School in the 1940-1941 School year.
She was active in the Rich Hill Christian Church serving faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, pianist and organist.
She received her Master’s Degree from Central Missouri State University in the fall of 1964. After completing her Masters degree she began teaching mathematics in Grandview, Mo.
She retired from teaching in 1975, from the Grandview School District and moved to Nevada, Mo. There she was active in the First Christian Church as organist and in other church activities. She enjoyed her work with Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. In 1990 she moved from Nevada, Mo. to Foxwood Springs in Raymore, Missouri. On December 11, 1998 she passed way in Belton, Missouri at Research Hospital. She was laid to rest at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Rich Hill, Mo.