Shirley Mae Shipley

December 11, 1929 ~ December 18, 2021 (age 92)


Shirley Mae Shipley, 92, of Damascus, MD, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 18, 2021.  

Shirley was born December 11, 1929 and was raised on Main Street in Ellicott City by her parents Edith and Frank J. Stapf.  She married the late Samuel Hilton Shipley in 1950 and celebrated 60 years of marriage at the time of Sam’s passing.  Shirley worked as a switch board operator for the phone company when she was young and enjoyed duckpin bowling.  She was also active in the community, co-founding the Damascus Opportunity Shop in 1968, a non-profit organization and cooperative of area churches to provide clothing for the less fortunate and needy in the area.  Shirley was also a charter member of the First Baptist Church in Damascus. 

Shirley is survived by her two sons, John Shipley and Samuel “Buddy” Shipley II.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Doris “Shea” Stapf, and her brothers Calvin “Pete” Stapf and Frank “Duke” Stapf.  

Friends may call Thursday, December 23 at Molesworth Williams Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Road, Damascus, Maryland from 10:00 a.m. until funeral services begin at 11:00. Pastor Jim Shirlen will officiate. Interment will follow in Upper Seneca Baptist Cemetery in Cedar Grove. 

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Visitation Times
December 23, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Molesworth-Williams P.A. Funeral Home
26401 Ridge Road
Damascus, MD 20872

Funeral Service
December 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Molesworth-Williams P.A. Funeral Home
26401 Ridge Road
Damascus, MD 20872

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