6/5/2014 – Patricia C. Shaffrey, Clayton

6/5/2014 – Patricia C. Shaffrey, Clayton

Mrs. Patricia C. Shaffrey, age 78, of Route 12 E., died June 5 at the Hospice House at Ellis Farm surrounded by her family. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10am at Christ Episcopal Church in Clayton with Father John Crosstaite, Rector officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2pm at Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4-7pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

Patricia was born July 7, 1935, in Pocono Pines, PA, the daughter of Edwin and Esther Dunlap Combs. She graduated from Lowville Academy in 1953.

On June 30th, 1953, she married Frank Shaffrey at Trinity Episcopal church in Lowville.

She worked in the late 70’s as Deputy Town Clerk of Clayton under Lorna Flake and Dorothy Kay. From the early 80’s until 1993 she was a cafeteria monitor at Guardino Elementary School, retiring in 1993.

Patricia was a very active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Clayton and a member of its Alter Guild. She was also on the Pastoral Care Committee at the church.

Patricia enjoyed ceramics, reading, gardening and volunteering. She especially enjoyed school events such as musicals and plays. Patricia and her husband Frank were past members of the Clayton Travelers Club.

Surviving is her husband Frank; two daughters, Linda (Roland) Slone of Clayton and Janna (Robert) Cooke of Watertown; two grandchildren; one great great grandson, Michael VanNatta of Florida; three brothers, Donald of Lowville, Jack of Minnesota and Blair of Alabama; nieces and nephews.

One son Michael died January 27th, 1984 at age 14. Two sisters, Erna Eversol of Texas and Sandra Combs of Watertown, also died before her.

Donations can be made in her name to Christ Episcopal Church, the Hospice of Jefferson County or T.I.E.R.S.


  1. Jack and Gerre Combs Posted

    Our sadness today is beyond description and we pray you are finally at peace.

    Jack and Gerre

  2. Susie and Fred Ivey Posted

    We wish to send our condolences to the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sadness and we feel your pain.
    Susie and Fred

  3. Classmate Wally Spencer & wife Betty Posted

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have good memories of all our class get togethers.

  4. Russ Fitzgerald Posted

    Sadness beyond words… I grew up with Mike and she was always like my other mother. I will miss her dearly.

    Lots of Love,
    Russ Fitzgerald

  5. Cynthia Wetmore Posted

    Sincere Condolences to the family. I first met Pat at the age of 5. I never saw her without that winning smile. Such a lovely lady.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Cindy Wetmore

  6. Sandy Bell Lanpher Posted

    My thoughts and prayers are with Frank, Linda and Janna. Growing up next door to you was a blessing. Love, Sandy

  7. John M. Morgan Posted

    Frank, Please accept my Condolence, I wish I could have meet your wife, but I knew you when working for the National Guard Team on Wellesley Island. John Morgan

  8. Renee Reff Miranda Posted

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Carol Bisonett Posted

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all! Pat was a terrific lady and touched everyone she met.

    May God bless you all at this time of loss.

  10. Caryl Mallette Posted

    Mr Shaffrey, Linda, Janna and families: You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  11. Lisa Carr Posted

    Pat Shaffrey was, quite simply, the warmest, kindest woman I’ve ever known. She always appeared to be filled with joy, and her sunny smile could make anyone’s day brighter. I hope your sorrow can be lessened by knowing she and Michael are together again.

  12. Andrew Bazinet Posted

    Wishing the family strength during this time. She was a very kind, warm, and understanding person. To allow a bunch of kids run around and mess up her house and have a big smile on her face the whole time is a wonderful memory. I trust that her smile is even bigger now that she is reunited with Mike.

  13. Debbie Buker Posted

    The last time I saw Pat she was so warm and sincere during a time of grief for my family. It was comforting to see such a sweet and familiar face. My condolences and very best wishes for your family are being sent to you. Debbie

  14. Blair & Linda Combs family Posted

    From a personal standpoint, Pat was a wonderful, warm and loyal sister. We have lost my last sister and true friend to the Alabama family. Pat was a Christian and deep believer in Christ. We know where she now resides. God has already blessed her and keeps her in his arms. I will see her again one day soon.

  15. Diane Reff Morinigo Posted

    To all of the Shaffrey family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pat was a great lady and will be dearly missed by many. Hoping all the good memories will bring some peace to you all.
    You are in my thoughts.

  16. Diana Scheel (nee Combs) Posted

    Aunt Pat was always a kind person and welcomed everyone without reservations. Sad day.

  17. Mary Paddock Booth Posted

    Though contact was lost over the years she was never forgotten. Especially when I think of where I got my love for the Beatles (now pasted to my daughters). I remember her babysitting me when I was 4 and what seemed like, playing them throughout the day and we would dance 🙂 She always seemed like she never had a care and always a smile. My Mom and sister sadly shared the news. Sorry we didn’t make the services. My prayers are that each of you would have the peace that only Jesus can give.

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