A memorial service for Ruth W. Shipley, a chief telephone operator back in the days when operators used plug-in headsets, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Howard Park United Methodist Church, 5020 Gwynn Oak Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.
Mrs. Shipley, 91, died of cancer Tuesday at her longtime Howard Park home.
Born Ruth Wiscott in Baltimore, she was reared in the area around Johns Hopkins Hospital. At age 17, she went to work for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.
She retired as chief operator in 1964. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America since 1945.
Mrs. Shipley loved to raise flowers and often took them to her church to be placed on the altar.
Her husband of 54 years, Bradley M. Shipley, died in 1977.
She is survived by two daughters, Claire S. Mervine of Danville, Calif., and Patricia S. White of Milford Mill; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family suggested contributions to the American Cancer Society or Union Memorial Hospice, 201 East University Parkway, Baltimore 21218.