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Obituary for Marilyn F. Shipley
Marilyn F. Hannan Shipley passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Brookings. While cancer took her body, her spirit soars with the Angels. She was born in The Dalles, Ore., July 28, 1937 to George and Ethel Hannan, the first of three children. In 1952, she married William Shipley, and they had six children within seven years and one day! Years later, the family adopted a seventh child. Needless to say, her early career was raising children – we say she did a terrific job! Marilyn spent her second career working as an insurance agent. Later she was a realtor, and held various clerical positions. Her name was and will always be Mother, Partner, Daughter, Sister, Grandma, Great Grandma, and Best Friend. Her memories, life lessons, and unconditional love are her legacy and will live on forever. Marilyn’s life was a spiritual path that led her into Shamanism, giving much comfort to friends and family over the years. She always wanted to live on the river and spent the last 10 years of her life in her home overlooking the Chetco River. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, and walking her dogs along HER river. She was an active member for over 50 years of the Brookings Night Home Extension. She, along with Vangie Andreason, founded the annual Community Bazaar. Marilyn is survived by her life partner of many years, Ginger Rossi; her brother Larry Hannan (Marie); sister Kathy Jarchow and foster sister Evy King. Her children are Mike Shipley (Lois), Julie Hale (Bob), Sheri O’Brien (Steve), Carol Brewer (John), Tom Shipley (Carolyn), Tim Shipley (Connie), and Griff Dart (Mali). She loved her 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She told us to remember she would never truly leave us… she was only a memory away. We love you to the moon and back, Mom. Marilyn’s Celebration of Life will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 416 Azalea Park Rd. in Brookings. This will be a potluck, bring your favorite dish. Donations in her memory can be made to the South Coast Humane Society, Brookings Food Bank or the Oasis House. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.