Harriet “Hatsy” Heep Henderson Shaffer, 67, passed away March 5, 2015, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. A private family memorial service was held March 14, 2015, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Buda, Texas, followed by burial at Live Oaks Cemetery in Manchaca, Texas.
Hatsy was born to John P. and Mary Lou (Heep) Henderson in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 16, 1947. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and among the rolling hills and live oak trees found at her beloved grandfather’s (the late Herman F. Heep) cattle ranch and dairy farm near Austin .
She attended St. Mary’s Hall in San Antonio and then La Châtelaine School in Switzerland. Hatsy then attended Greenbrier College for Women in Lewisburg, West Virginia. She fell in love with the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains and Greenbrier Valley, an area she would call home decades later.
Hatsy returned to Texas after college and opened a series of children’s stores in Dallas, Texas. Later in Richmond, Virginia, she opened Hatsy’s on Madison Place, a women’s clothing store.
Following retirement, interior design, gardening and her grandchildren kept her busy.
Hatsy is survived by her husband, David E. Shaffer, of White Sulphur Springs, WV, her sisters, Elizabeth H. Urban and husband, Carl, of Buda, Texas, Kathleen H. Adkins and husband, Ward, of Houston, Texas, her five children, John H. Shires of New Orleans, LA, Kevin T. Shires and wife, Amanda, of Atlanta, GA, daughter, Anne Holladay Shires of Austin, Texas, daughter, Amanda L Featherstone and husband, Andrew, of Richmond, VA; son, Edward R Lannon III and wife, Erin, of Destin, FL. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Clark and Elyse Shires, Foster and Sybil Shires, Caroline and Eleanor Tatum Featherstone, and Edward and Oliver Lannon.
Memorials may be made in her name to Autism Speaks, or a local chapter of Autism Society.