Ruth V. Shipley, 82

SEPT. 2, 1930-JAN. 29, 2013

January 30, 2013
  • Shipley

Ruth Virginia (Gus) Shipley, 82, of 16021 Mount Tabor Road in Hagerstown, Md., died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 2, 1930, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late David William and Susie Jane Mullenix Gossard.

She was a 1948 graduate of Hagerstown High School.

She was previously employed by the Community Action Council.

She was an active member of John Wesley United Methodist Church. Her favorite hobby was cooking for the church.

She was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 Auxiliary and Mercersburg VFW 6241 Auxiliary; past president of Ladies of the Elks 378; and a supporter of Leather Neck Nations Motorcycle Club, Peleliu Chapter, and Antique Automobile Club of America, Mason Dixon Region.

She is survived by her husband, Robert (Buck) Shipley; two daughters, Deborah Kline of Clear Spring, Md., and Cynthia Smith and husband, Todd, of Williamsport, Md.; stepdaughter, Becky Grove and husband, Brian, of New Windsor, Md.; stepson, Chris Shipley of Frederick, Md.; grandchildren, Wendy Buhrman and husband, Ronald, of Waynesboro, Pa., Shane Moore and wife, Kelly, of China Grove, N.C., and Nathaniel Schoppert of Bel Air, Md.; and great-grandchildren, Ethan and Abigail Buhrman, Reagan and Kenadie Moore, and Josh and Tyler Grove.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Merle Secrest; two sisters, Genevieve Mease and Elaine Files; and one brother, David Gossard.

Funeral services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Pastor William Warehime Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Raymond T. Moreland Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to John Wesley United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund, 129 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; Holly Place, 268 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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