- Ann Meriweather Shafor, 81, of Washington Court House, Ohio, formerly of Xenia, died Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 3:05 a.m. at Carriage Court Assisted Living in Washington Court House where she had been residing since September, 2017.
Ann was born June 4, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio to Carl McLean and Martha Grace Gibson Meriweather. She was a 1957 graduate of Washington High School and received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in city planning, both from the University of Cincinnati. She was a proud member of Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Cincinnati.
She worked more than 29 years with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, where she managed a number of nationally recognized planning initiatives, including the nation’s first Regional Fair Share Housing Plan in 1970, the HEW sponsored Human Service Delivery System Innovation Partnership in 1974, and a wide range of collaborative water management initiatives over the 1980’s and 1990’s. She was instrumental in the creation of the Housing Fund, County Corporation, and the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center. She received numerous awards as a result of her work, including the Dayton Daily News’ Top Ten Women Award in 1971; the YWCA Pathfinder Award in 1984; being selected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2003 and the Marle Kindrick Community Volunteer Award in 2009.
Ann is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Shafor of Xenia whom she married May 1, 1965; a son, Aaron Meriweather Shafor of Kettering, Ohio and a sister, M. Jane Meriweather of Washington Court House.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Washington Cemetery with Dr. John W. Lewis, pastor at the Anchor Baptist Church, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, 8740 Founders Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268 or online at kappaalphatheta.org or the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, 505 Riverside Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45405.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.