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Elizabeth Turner Shiers

January 7, 2022

Elizabeth Turner Shiers, of 501 V.E.S Road, former headmistress of James River Day School, died on Friday, January 7, 2022.

Mrs. Shiers was the daughter of the late Marion Ross Turner and Annie Inez Jones Turner of Denton, Texas.  She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1934.

A lifelong school administrator and teacher, she had taught in the public school systems of Odessa, Texas; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lynchburg and Bedford County, Va.  She became headmistress of James River Day School, a Lynchburg private elementary school, in 1985, and retired in 1997.  After retirement, she coordinated the after-school tutorial program for New Vistas School in Lynchburg.

Mrs. Shiers received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree from Arizona State University, and did postgraduate work at several institutions, including the University of Denver, Lynchburg College, and the University of Virginia, specializing in elementary education.

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she had served on the vestry and as senior warden, and as director of the Logos Program. She also had served on the boards of New Vistas School and the  Lynchburg Museum, and had been active in the Reach to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society.

She is predeceased by her husband, William Winfield Shiers of Lynchburg.  She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth S. Nolan of Nashville, Tennessee; one son, Winfield Turner Shiers of Nashville; two grandsons, William John Nolan and Matson Mack Shiers of Nashville, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ruth Nolan of Nashville.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., with inurnment in the St. Paul’s columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, James River Day School, or the Westminster-Canterbury Fellowship Fund.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., with inurnment in the St. Paul's columbarium.

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Toby I was sad to hear about your mom. She was special to me & I failed to visit her in these last years. My mobility is so bad , but I have fond memories of all the walks Liz & I had in the "young" years. I hope to see you, Will & Betsy in February. Lynn

Posted by toby Nolan on January 16, 2022

I am grateful for the years of teaching under Liz at James River Day School. She was supportive, caring, and dedicated to her teachers and staff. Always seeking the best for students and interactive in all their learning. A wonderful woman who took me under her wing in friendship and love. Her warm smile, laugh, and hugs are fond memories.

Posted by Jan S Hickey on January 12, 2022

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