Obituaries

Geraldine E. Shipley

Died: 2016-02-14
Resided in: Middleton, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2016-02-22 / 4pm-7pm
Service type: Funeral Service
Service date: 2016-02-23 / 10am
Service location: Mackey FH (rt.114) 128 S. Main St., Middleton
Burial type: Burial
Burial date: 2016-02-23
Cemetery: Oakdale
Contributions: see obit
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Geraldine (Geri) E. Shipley (Laflin), a resident of Middleton for 61 years, died unexpectedly at her home with family on February 14, 2016. Born on July 28, 1929 in Hallowell Maine to Ruth and Kirk Laflin, she married her husband Eugene Shipley on October 3, 1947. Her husband (1995), six brothers, and three sisters predeceased her. She is survived by one brother Richard Laflin of Hallowell ME, her daughters, Linda Shipley of Freeport ME, Susan Shipley and partner Susan Givens of Middleton, Nancy Linehan and husband Jody of Newfields NH, Sandee Jiottis and husband Jim of Nottingham NH, and her son Eugene Shipley and partner Jenn Buonarosa of Middleton. She has four grandchildren, Sarah Jiottis, Abigail Shipley Rega, Blake Linehan, and Olivia Linehan. She was educated in Hallowell Schools and graduated in 1946. After high school she attended the University of Maine and worked as a hairdresser until she married and moved to Massachusetts with her husband Eugene. Once in Massachusetts she worked as an interior designer and window designer for Jordan Marsh. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, she was an avid painter, home decorator, cook, gardener, and businesswomen. Geri was actively involved in town affairs. She co-founded, and was past president of, Middleton’s Art Association, Middleton’s Art Council, the Pumpkin Festival, and the garden club. She painted the town seal, adding color and dimension to the once black and white town symbol. She also taught art to senior citizens and elementary schools students. Geri inherited her mother’s business acumen and invested in real estate and managed properties for many years. All who knew her appreciated her common sense approach to life, her sense of humor and her undying compassion for the underdogs or disadvantaged souls in the world. She was the center of her family and took pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Geri ran the show up until her last breath and without question, for all she gave to this world and those in it, she was able to live out her final years surrounded by her family and friends in her home on Liberty Street. Her family and friends will dearly miss her.

ARRANGEMENTS: Geri will be waked on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00PM at the Mackey Funeral Home located on Route 114 in Middleton. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd at 10am in the funeral home followed by the burial at Oakdale Cemetery and a reception at Angelica’s on RTE 114. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Middleton Food Pantry, P.O. Box 855, Middleton, MA 01949

Online Condolences:

My condolences. I have such wonderful memories of your mum. She chased us around, yelled at us, and tried to reprimand us, but we always knew she loved us; she never failed to welcome us into her home, feed us and chat with us. She was generous, and kind. I am so sad. Keeping you all in my prayers
Heartfelt condolences to the Shipley family on our loss of Mrs. Shipley. She did, indeed, have a deep sense of humor and zest for life, as well as so many admirable artistic and crafts talents. I believe she made a red quilt for my wedding 30 years ago, which we still have and enjoy. I am very glad to have known her - she made a lasting impression on my teenage years, and I'll savor the memories. Sending love and sympathy, Wendy Markus Webb & Family
Our deepest condolence Jeanne & Tim Lordan --Ft Lauderdaie Fl.
So sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. I think I want to school with Susan, back in the 60's Prayers for the family.
Dear Nancy and family, I did not know your mother, but she sounds like a remarkable woman. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers as you cope with your loss. Losing your mother is one of the most difficult things in life. May your memories sustain you. Fondly, Jane McMenimen Mulloy
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers, Alice, Justin and Jason Tierney
Sue and family, So sorry for your loss, your mother was a special woman. My thoughts are with you. Sharon Yardley
Susan and family, I have very clear and fond memories of time spent in your home with you and your mother. For a shy girl who lived up the road, your home was a fun and safe haven. I am sorry for your loss and send my best to all of you. Doreen Spencer Ballard So. Woodstock, VT
The Middleton Art Association and all the passed and present members send their condolences--Geri was a hard worker and wonderful artist--She was the co-founder association--She will be sadly missed by us all, \
It is difficult to think that I will no longer be able to dial Geri's number or drop by for a chat. Geri has been a touch stone in my life from the first long chat we ever had. We talked about every subject under the sun and I could always depend on Geri for straight talk delivered with love, inspiration and humor. My beautiful memories of our time together will live in my heart forever. Safe journey, dear Friend, until we meet again. Much love, Carolyn Ruocco
Susan and family, Your mother was a talented, accomplished woman and I'm sorry that I didn't get to know her. Deepest sympathy, Marj Campbell
Nancy, Jody, Blake, Olivia and The Shipley family – We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. While we did not know her, we all heard so much about her through the years from Nancy, that it truly feels like we’d met. Her obituary is a beautiful tribute, highlighting her gifted and artistic talents, and the happiness she shared with her community and her family. She certainly left a wonderful impression on many, and your memories of her will live on deep within your hearts. We will be thinking of each of you during these difficult days ahead. With much love, Quinny, Brian, Brooke and Jack McElwee
To all the Shipley's. My deepest condolences; I am soo very sorry for the loss of your mom. My God, I have a pit in my stomach with the loss. It saddens me of the reality that the people I grew up with are now passing unto greener pastures. Thank You, Susan for bringing your mom to my mothers birthday parties these past two years; she was always so fun to be around. My mom just recently talked with Geri on the phone, and Geri was still complaining about not driving. God, I loved her spirit! Your mom was a force to deal with and a strong, smart woman. We will miss her outgoing personality and funny wit. I am sooo sorry for your loss. Love Always, to your family Judi Fox Davis
I was deeply saddened to hear of your Mother's passing. She was a good friend and neighbor and will be greatly missed by all. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. May she be at peace now with your Dad Sincerely, Beverly Popielski Middleton, Ma
Sue, Susan, Pep, Jen, Linda, Nancy and Sandee - Hugs, love, strength and condolences to all of you. I certainly have many fond memories with you all and Geri over fantastic meals with her amazing sense of humor and kindness. She may have been one of the wittiest ladies the world has ever known. Much love, Christel
I am so sorry to hear this. We are thinking of all of you! Heather Klosowski
I knew her as Mrs Shipley. The mother of a one time good friend. She fed me when I was hungry at times and took me out of the cold when nobody else would at times. She always had kindness in her eyes when dealing with me. I knew her as a very empathetic woman with just the right amount of Yankee tough love. There were times when I had gone to her home when no one was around and we Sat and talked and she told me stories of her early life with her husband Eugene. Some of them where from when they had first moved to Massachusetts and there was one particular one I remember when they were still in college in Oreno while walking down across the campus a mountain lion came out into the road and Eugene turned and ran down the road obviously thinking Geraldine was right behind him but she found herself in a standoff with the cat and shood it off. She was a woman of great strength and I always had and always will have great love respect and admiration. My only regret is not having gone by her home to see her one last time. I will miss her and I'm a better person for having known her goodbye misses Shipley 😞

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