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Obituary: LONGAKER, ELIZABETH

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 16 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Elizabeth Jane Shaffer Longaker1944 ~ 2011Elizabeth passed away peacefully on November 7, 2011 at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 67. She was born on July 28, 1944 in Great Falls, Montana to Robert Andrew and Helen Evaline Phillips Shaffer. She was the sixth of fifteen children blessed with seven sisters and seven brothers. Her family moved to Utah in 1949 where she graduated from South High School in Salt Lake City. She served an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the British South Mission. Throughout her life she was a faithful and valiant servant and had an immense love for her Savior and His church.On June 28, 1968 she married John Douglas Longaker Sr., later divorced. In their time together she gave birth to eleven children instilling love and hope in them all. Elizabeth very much enjoyed being a mother. It was a role that defined her in so many wonderful ways. Beyond her own children and grandchildren, she treasured all little ones and truly found joy in their innocence and sweetness.In addition to her primary role as a mother, she enjoyed one job in particular, working for the LDS Church in the Architecture and Engineering department. Closeness to wonderful people was a fringe benefit that couldn't be measured.Elizabeth enjoyed singing everywhere from home to the church choir to the Choral Arts Society of Utah and the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir. She created her own music and lyrics and gave her children the opportunity to enjoy it with her. Her favorite movies included those with beautiful music and lyrics like Yentl, South Pacific, and the Sound of Music.She is survived by all of her 11 children: John (Lorie), Matt (Cricket), Adam (Erin), Anne Farabee, Charity Mair, Emily (Brian) Weidmer, Tom (Liz), Sarah, Joe (Madison), Jim, and David along with 23 (plus one on the way) grandchildren. She is also survived by all 14 of her loving sisters and brothers who were her greatest friends and supporters. Finally she leaves behind many, many, many (over 100) wonderful nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter Emma Jane who have all welcomed her home with open arms and hearts.Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11 am in the Millcreek 8th Ward, 4558 S. 600 E., Murray, Utah. Friends and family are invited to gather and pay their respects or share memories at the same location on Friday, November 11th from 6-8 pm and on Saturday, November 12th from 9:45-10:45 am. Interment will follow services at the Holladay Memorial Park (4900 S. Memory Lane, Holladay, Utah) under direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary. Online memories and condolences may be shared at andersonmortuary.com.