Gloria Caroline Shipley, 89, Leesburg, passed away at her residence surrounded by family at 8:17 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.
She was born Dec. 28, 1931, in Claypool, to Elta Cleo (Parker) Baker and George Peter Baker.
Gloria graduated from Claypool High School in 1950. She married Richard Ray Shipley, Sept. 9 1951. They shared 63 years of marriage until his death Jan. 26, 2015.
Gloria worked for many years as the executive secretary for the owners of Arnolt Corporation in Warsaw. Later she worked alongside her husband, Richard, in their real estate business Shipley Area Realty and later Pier 13 Realty in the area.
She took singing lessons as a young child and loved music. She sang in the choir at the North Webster United Methodist Church, sang in the ladies trio there, was a member of several community choirs and san at numerous weddings. Gloria was a very active member of the North Webster United Methodist Church where she along with her husband were youth counselors for seven years.
Another passion of hers was the North Webster Community Library. She supported the library and served on the board for several years.
She leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three siblings, Phyllis (Baker) Sittler, Donald J. Baker and Delta (Baker) Shipley.
She will be laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery in Claypool, Indiana. A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the North Webster United Methodist Church Family Center in North Webster.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana.
Memorial donations may be directed to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196; North Webster United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 282, North Webster, IN 46555-0282; or to North Webster Community Public Library, P.O. Box 825, North Webster, IN 46555-0825.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.