Judith A. Shipp

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Judith A. Shipp, 64, of Wapello, Iowa, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2006, at the Wapello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, 1931 Houser Street, Muscatine, Iowa.

Dr. Robert L. Pickerell of the Muscatine First Christian Church will officiate the service. Honorary bearers will be Ursula and Bill Penix, Jerry and Judy Shipp Sr., Charles Luttrull, Matthew Shipp, and Greg Shipp. Casket bearers will be Jerry Shipp Jr., Jason Shipp, Mike Shipp, Rick Hazelwood, Luke Hank and Russell Shipp. Burial will be in Island Cemetery, Fruitland, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wapello Ambulance, Wapello, Iowa. Online condolences for the Shipp family may be left at www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

Judith was born on Feb. 9, 1942, in Metz, Mo., the daughter of John and Bertha Strifler Birch. She married James F. Shipp on July 15, 1960, in Miami, Okla.

She worked as a caregiver at the Muscatine County Home and also was a caregiver for Wallace and Ida Mae Nyweide for 18 years.

She was a member of the First Christian Church and the family Y.

Judith enjoyed sewing, fishing, baking, flowers, horses, and NASCAR races.

Survivors include her husband, James F. Shipp Sr. of Wapello; two sons, James F. Shipp Jr. and wife, Tammy, of Wilton, and John A. Shipp and wife, Tammy, of Letts; seven grandchildren, Erin and Greg Shipp, Matthew and Marlee Shipp, Stacy Hank, Luke Hank, and Katie Hoekstra; one special aunt, Irene Haines of Nevada, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews, cousins and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents.