Ethel “Virginia” Shipman
April 24, 1927 ‒ April 25, 2015
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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.