Barbara A. (Killham) Shiffermiller

Barbara A. (Killham) Shiffermiller

Apr 21, 1927 – Jun 18, 2017

Barb was born in Sidney, Nebraska on April 21, 1927 and died in Omaha, Nebraska on June 18, 2017. She was the second of four children born to Arthur “Ike” Elsworth Killham and Barbara Augusta Alice Killham (Pieron). Barb spent her childhood on a farm near Dix, Nebraska. She attended a one-room school where she often claimed to have been the fastest girl runner her age; however, as we reminded her, she was the only girl in her class.  Barb’s mother died at a young age, and the four children were lovingly raised by her father and Lucile (Cile) Gressot.

While attending Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney, Barb met Floyd Harvey Shiffermiller. She and Shiff were married on December 22, 1946 and a few years later settled in Ainsworth, Nebraska where they raised five children – Bill, Don, Cathy, David, and Roger. In 1998, they moved to Omaha to be closer to their children and grandchildren.  When Shiff died in 2006, they had been married for 59 years.

Barb provided a warm and loving home for her family. She was an accomplished seamstress, loved to knit and crochet, played excellent bridge, and worked the crossword puzzle every day. Her best-loved pastime was caring for her many grandchildren. Barb was active in the Ainsworth community, a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a member and past president of P.E.O Chapter BM.

Barb was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Elsworth Killham.  She is survived by her children and their families, including William and Laura Shiffermiller with children Jason and wife Abby and son Arthur, Matthew, Alexander and wife Courtney and son Tristan, and Anne; Donald and Katie Shiffermiller with Don’s daughters, Cassi Wigington and children Landon and Corinn, Chelsy Binkley and husband Kevin and daughter Leah, and Caylen Shiffermiller and Katie’s children Christopher, Lezlie, Joshua, Shane, and Kaela Stratman and their families; Catherine and Rod Johnson with children Michael and wife Patryce Bak, Jessica, Andrea and son J.J., and Erica; David and Joy Shiffermiller with children Nicholas, Steven, Scott and wife Jessica and son Rex; Roger and Barb Shiffermiller with children Adam and wife Kassie, Erin, and Brian.  Barb is also survived by her sisters, Patricia (Larry Sterling of Kimball, Nebraska and Janet (Robert) Andrew of Portland, Oregon.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 5th from 2pm to 4pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd. in Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ainsworth Library Foundation, P.O. Box 207, Ainsworth, NE 69210, or to a charity of your choice.



1 Condolence

  • Jerry & Konnie (McBride) Schaefer Posted August 2, 2017 7:59 pm

    Extending our love and deepest sympathy to all of the Shiffermiller family.

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