Jo Ann Shafer, 55, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012, at her residence in Ashland, Ore. She was born February 25, 1957, in Mansfield, Ohio to Charles and Alice Shafer.

Jo Ann was an adventurer and lover of life who was drawn to the Northwest and, in particular, Ashland because of its fascinating people, natural beauty, and access to the outdoors. She worked as a forensic scientist at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland; studied great gray owls for the Bureau of Land Management in Medford; managed a lab for Erath Winery in Dundee; and worked for the National Park Service at Lava Beds National Monument with the Youth Conservation Corps. She was an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved to hike, bird, ski, garden, and travel. She lived life to its fullest and on her own terms.

Jo Ann is survived by her mother, Alice Shafer, Orange Park, Fla.; her sister, Connie Long, of Orange Park, Fla.; her brother, Robert Shafer, Mansfield, Ohio; her nephew, Eric Long, Seattle, Wash.; and niece, Keri Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Shafer.

Preparations are still being made for memorial services in Ashland and in Ohio. The family recommends any contributions be made to the National Park Service,