Virginia H. Shipley Nurse, civic activist

October 20, 1991

Services for Virginia Hale Shipley, a former nurse and %J longtime resident of Harmans in north Anne Arundel County where she was active in civic affairs, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., in Glen Burnie.

Mrs. Shipley, 77, died Friday at the Meridian Nursing Center in Randallstown after a long illness that included diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

The Baltimore native was a 1935 graduate of the Sinai Hospital School of Nursing and a registered nurse. She worked as a private duty nurse and as a school nurse at Forest Park High School until 1945, when she began devoting time to raising her children.

Mrs. Shipley had been an active member of the county's historical society and received a distinguished service award from the Anne Arundel County Genealogical Society.

She belonged to the National Association of Parliamentarians and the Margaret Wheelock Unit of the Parliamentarians of Maryland. She was a member and past secretary of the Harmans Civic Association.

Mrs. Shipley, who attended St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Glen Burnie, was a member of the Anne Arundel County Medical Auxiliary and past president of the women's auxiliary of both the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the Baltimore City Medical Society. Her husband, Dr. E. Roderick Shipley, died 1984.

Daughter of the late Guy Weeks and Henrietta Horman Gaither, Mrs. Shipley was a 1932 graduate of Glen Burnie High School.

She is survived by a son, Eric H. Shipley of Westminster; two brothers, Charles Gaither and Harold Gaither, both of Sykesville; a sister, Esther Hobbs of Portsmouth, Va., and five granddaughters. A son, Arthur Guy Shipley, died in June 1990.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Ann

Arrundell County Historical Society, P.O. Box 385, Linthicum, Md. 21090-0385.

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