GROOM — Joan Schaffer Musser, 75, of Groom and Yuma, Ariz., died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist Church of Groom with the Rev. Andy Dietz, pastor, and the Rev. Byron Williamson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pampa, officiating. Private graveside services will follow at a later date in Jericho Cemetery in Donley County.
Arrangements by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N. Hughes St, Amarillo, TX 79107, Owners James and Joyce Mims.
Mrs. Musser was born Feb. 26, 1940, in rural Gray County to Claude Clifford and Mertie Lula Elms Schaffer. She was the third generation of some of the original settlers in the area. She attended Groom school, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Bill Musser, in the first grade. After graduating from Groom High School, she attended North Texas State University in Denton.
Following her time in college, she took a job at Amarillo National Bank to start a long career in the financial world that included handling finances for several businesses. She ended her career as a commercial lending officer when she retired from Amarillo Community Federal Credit Union.
Mrs. Musser married her first-grade classmate in 1964 in Groom. Since then, she and Bill enjoyed a marriage of 52 years that included an abundance of travel and family time, two of the activities that she enjoyed most. Some of her favorite travel memories included her high school senior trip to Washington D.C. and her annual migration to Yuma, which involved competing in shuffleboard and attending music jams with friends.
When it came to family time, she loved attending any event that included her grandchildren, and she often could even be caught dancing with her great-granddaughter. Easter claimed the spot in her heart as her favorite holiday. She loved celebrating her risen savior, picnicking at Schaffer Ranch, which she affectionately called “The Creek,” and climbing “Easter Egg Mountain” with people she loved. She treasured the fact that this annual tradition had been taking place on the family ranch for more than a century.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Faye Hicks; and two brothers, James and Clifford Schaffer.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Musser; two sons, Ron Musser and wife Kim of Forney and Schaffer and wife Cindy of San Diego; two daughters, Lisa Roskens and husband Larry of Groom and Robin Welch and husband Chris of Bushland; a sister, Peggy Beckham and husband Doyle of Pampa; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials be to Joan Schaffer Musser Memorial Scholarship Fund, Amarillo Community Federal Credit Union, 6100 W. Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX 79106 or P.O. Box 2026 Amarillo, TX 79105.
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