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 Orvilla <I>Draper</I> Shafer

Orvilla Draper Shafer

Death 18 Dec 1943 (aged 78)
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 105848907 · View Source
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"The Shafers were one of the first families in Utah to own a Pierce Arrow automobile," according to an account in the book, The Mormon Drapers, published in 1956, by Delbert M. Draper. He writes, how the "automobiles in the hands of others took the lives of the mother, the daughter and her husband, there by nearly annihilating the whole family."

John and Orvilla Draper Shafer had two children – a daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Mamie", and a son, Cloyd Elmer "Claude."

Delbert tells how Mamie's third husband, Cecil Johnston, who was preparing to leave on a deer hunting trip from his home in the early morning hours of October 27, 1947 was killed in his own car in front of his home. A driver, returning from the mountains after an all night party, fell asleep and his car without knowing crossed the street, out of control and crashed into the Johnston car, killing Cecil and serious injuring Mamie, as she handled Cecil something through the open front door of the car.

Mamie's mother, Orvilla Shafer, had been struck by an automobile in 1943 while cross the street near her home. Injuries sustained for this accident hastened Orvilla's death.

Mamie, herself, was struck by a car nine years later. She died the following day as a result of the injuries she suffered from the accident on Monday, March 25, 1952.





  • Maintained by: Ryan D. Curtis
  • Originally Created by: John Warnke
  • Added: 26 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105848907
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Orvilla Draper Shafer (10 Apr 1865–18 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105848907, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Ryan D. Curtis (contributor 46858513) .