Ethel “Virginia” Shipman

April 24, 1927 ‒ April 25, 2015

Chesterville, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Ethel “Virginia” Shipman, age 88, of Chesterville and formerly of Mount Gilead, died on April 25, 2015, at Morrow Manor Nursing Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was born April 24, 1927 in Miami, Arizona to the late Jacob Irvin and Ethel Margaret (Ross) Midkiff. She attended Phoenix grade schools and graduated from Phoenix High School in 1945. Virginia worked for Arizona Highway Magazine in Phoenix.

While in Phoenix she met and became engaged to Dean Shipman. They were married on Sept. 27, 1947. Upon Dean’s discharge from the US Army Virginia and Dean returned to Morrow County where they worked on the family dairy and grain farm for 30 years.

Virginia worked as a cook for Mt. Gilead Schools for 28 years. She was a member of Bryn Zion Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for several years. She was a member of Morrow County Halves & Better Halves Farm Bureau Council. Virginia was a member of the Rural Mothers Service League and the Red Hat Society. The Columbus Dispatch named the Shipman Family the Blue Ribbon Farm Family in August of 1967. She was a member of the Morrow County Hospital Orchid Twig and volunteered at the Hospital for many years. She also belonged to Parents Without Partners of Marion, and Morrow County Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol (John) Payne, Norwalk, OH; daughter, Connie (Robert) Segna, Bowling Green, OH; son, Gerald “Jerry” (Cherie (Stone)) Shipman, Mt. Gilead, OH; daughter, Brenda (Terry) Legros, Fredericktown, OH; 13 grandchildren: Jeremy (Melissa) Shipman, Lexington, OH; Jennifer Higgins, Centerville, OH; Jason Shipman, Richlands, NC; David (Michelle) Payne, Middleton, OH; Michelle Higgins (Richard Young), Portland, ME; Matt Payne and Sean Haggard, Lakewood, CO; Mike Gerasimof, Mt. Gilead, OH; Jacob (Amanda) Gerasimof , Collegeville, PA and Joshua Gerasimof and Rebecca Ridella, Jeffersonville, VT; Ami (Segna) and Mike Jones, High Rolls, NM; Michael (Shannon (Marley)) Segna, Roseville, MI; Travis (Hannah) Legros, Mt. Vernon, OH and Justin (Rachel) Legros, Fredericktown, OH; 20 great-grandchildren: Dakota & Skye, Emilee, Hannah & Caitlin, Julianne, Ella & Abigail, Frances, Mari, Mykela, Bradley, Christopher, Sheridan, Logan & Shane, Kanan & Everett, JJ & Brayden; and great-great-granddaughters: Grace and Kenzie.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Robert and Marvin; and sister, Edna Midkiff.

Her family will greet friends from 4 to 7 PM on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead, OH. A service celebrating her life will be held there on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Chaplin Dave Matos officiating. Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial funds can be made to Hospice of Morrow County; Bryn Zion Baptist Church, Mt. Gilead; and Morrow Manor.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Virginia’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • To all of Virginia’s family: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Your mom was so sweet and friendly—it was always a joy to visit with her. She was so proud of each one of you—-you gave her a lot of pleasure! I have many happy memories of her, and pray that your happy memories, and the fact that others are thinking of you and remembering your family in prayer will help you through the days ahead. May God bless and comfort you.

  • So sorry about your isnt easy to lose jyour mother.I know but you know she is now at peace.

  • Always loved your mother’s gentle ways and her sunny personality. May God hold you all in his loving arms. Let the beautiful memories embrace you as well. Hugs to all the members of Shipman family.

  • Bless the life of this woman who took great care of her family and remember her for the vibrant, caring, loving person she was. May she find comfort and peace with the Lord. I am so sorry for you that will miss her.

  • Deepest sympathy to the entire Shipman Family. Virginia will be remembered by many for the many things she has done. She is now at peace. God has a special place for her.

  • Connie & Bob,

    Sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She sounds like a remarkable lady. Long-lived and Lived-long! Your family members have a lot to live up to…….

    May your memories and love of her guide your lives far, far into the future!!!

    Doug & Elaine

  • To all the family: so sorry for your loss. She will be missed but just think about how she will enjoy her days now. May our precious, holy Lord give you comfort as you grieve.

  • So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I remember when she first moved into Morrow Manor. My Mom was across the hall and I thought oh good Mom has someone she can talk to, but my Mom passed soon after. Know that she is in a better place and will know you when you see her next time!

    My prayers are with you all.

    Love, Linda

  • Sorry to hear of your mothers passing, but know she is with many friends…….friends who enjoyed seeing each other at the fair…….she loved the fair and I always looked forward to visiting with her at the fair and catching up on family…….she was a wonderful mother and will be missed, so cherish the memories, they will be a comfort to all of you in the days ahead., your in my thoughts and prayers. Marilyn Radel Davis

  • We are sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a special lady. Hugs to all you Shipmans.

  • We are sorry for your loss and offer our prayers for your family.

    I still fondly remembers the summers.spent working on the farm and the three daily “Farm meals ” that Virginia and the girls would prepare.

    She was a beautiful person and Heaven is a richer place now that God has taken her home.

  • Brenda,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom! She was always so nice ans friendly to me even after I was not a part of your family. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers! Lori