Obituary for Ellen Shipp, 86

November 10,1930 To March 15,2017,

12-1 PM (hour before the service) March 18, 2017 at Boonesboro Christian Church in Boonesboro, MO

Funeral Services
1 PM, March 18, 2017 at Boonesboro Christian Church in Boonesboro, MO

Boonesboro Cemetery

Boonesboro Christian Church, Boonesboro Cemetery Association, The American Liver Foundation, or St. Jude Children's Hospital

Ellen Jean Shipp, 86, of Franklin passed away in the loving arms of her husband and surrounded by her family on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. A funeral service for Ellen will be at 1pm Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Boonesboro Christian Church, in Boonesboro, Missouri with Pastor Thomas Myers and Reverend Mike Keith officiating the service. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the church service. Ellen Jean was born November 10, 1930 in Armstrong, Missouri the daughter of O.J. and Fannie Sue Robertson Warford. Ellen Jean graduated from Glasgow High School in 1949 and married James E. Shipp on December 18, 1949 after a courtship beginning with a chance meeting after a high school basketball game arranged by mutual friend, Billy Maupin. To this union came four daughters and one son: Martha (Ken) Graves, of Cape Coral, Florida, Sue (Bill) Gerding of New Franklin, Sandra (Dennis) Nail of Rocheport, Lori (Eugene) Tebbe of Rocheport, and Steve (Dawn) Shipp of Franklin. Ellen Jean grew up on a dairy farm in Armstrong, Missouri and being not fond of early morning milkings, Ellen Jean eagerly began a successful farming business with James. Together they diversified their crops and livestock and worked together to weather several Missouri river floods of their farmland. James and Ellen Jean were recognized in 1973 by the University of Missouri System for outstanding accomplishments and achievements in farm management and were awarded the Farm Family Award by Governor Christopher Bond in 1976. Ellen Jean was an avid seamstress; sewing all of her daughter’s clothes, wedding dresses and bridesmaid’s dresses. Many of these dresses she later made into many quilts for her family members and close friends. When arthritis inhibited her ability to sew, she began to embroidery many more quilts for her children and grandchildren. She always “stayed” ahead of the growing family needs in order to provide a new quilt for the latest addition. Many of these sewing sessions were accompanied by watching the St. Louis Cardinals, or MU football or basketball. She rarely missed a Cardinals game, and frequently had an opinion on the pitching. Ellen Jean loved children and often served as a Sunday school teacher or 4H leader. Ellen Jean always felt any day with kids in the house was a day of “eating her Sunday biscuits.” She served as president of the Glasgow PTO and that year advocated for and overturned the school dress code to allow female students in wearing pants to school. Later in life, Ellen Jean supported various organizations supporting children. After the loss of her granddaughter Kerigan, Ellen Jean was a strong supporter of organ donation and various children’s hospitals. Ellen Jean was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Willard Warford and granddaughter Kerigan Shipp. In addition to her five children, Ellen Jean is survived by her husband James of the home, sister Mildred Sue Wathen of Vero Beach Florida, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Shelley (Shane) Meyer Williams and Blake of Auburn, Washington, James Jacob (Nancy) Meyer and Sofia of Pensacola Beach, Florida, Erich (Emily) Gerding and Easton and Ellie of New Franklin, Zachary Gerding and Jodi Douglas of Moberly, Peter (Emily) Harper and Lily of Columbia, Ashley (Kevin) Tebbe Ornduff of Kansas City, Haley Tebbe of St. James, Ethan Shipp and Courtney Dunn, and Kyler Shipp of Franklin. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Boonesboro Christian Church, Boonesboro Cemetery Association, The American Liver Foundation, or St. Jude’s Hospitals for Children in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service.