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Mary Lou Shipps

Mary Lou Shipps

December 29th, 1943 - July 3rd, 2020

O'Neal's Law~ Murphy was an optimist!

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Mom,You endured so many ups and downs through a sense of humor and always anchored by what mattered most..."your kids". Debbie, Karol and Robby...we were the fortunate ones to have you as a mother that would instill strength, pragmatism, laughter and the very clear understanding that we were loved no matter what-which will now be our anchor to face tough times like this. While we never doubted your belief in all of us, we quickly found out that while we were the first 'kids', your grandkids were the ultimate joy in your life. Your pride in all the boys-Tyler, Tommy, Tanner, Ethan and your one girl-Emma-who is aptly named a jewel, was evident in every look, greeting, hug and memory you shared with them. That is the lasting legacy you have given us, above all else, love.

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Name Mary Lou Shipps
Date of Birth December 29th, 1943
Date of Death July 3rd, 2020
Home Town Colorado Springs, CO, US 
Religious Views Catholicism
Interests Seamstress, Amazing Cook, Voracious Book Reader, Cripple Creek, Denver Broncos, Scotts-Irish Heritage, Mickey-Disney, Southwestern Art, Emeralds and Yellow Roses
Favourite Saying My grandkids are perfect, you know that
In Memoriam Donation Memorial Fund for Mary Lou Shipps
Cemetery

Memorial

Funeral Home Not Applicable 
Cemetery Ashes to be scattered
Family

Family

SiblingsJohn Pat O'Neal, James LeRoy O'Neal, Marion Mason "Punky"
ParentsJohn Boyce O'Neal "Shorty", Marion Alice Feeley
ChildrenRobert Glenn Shipps, Debbie Lou Dawson (Shipps), Karol Sue Gates (Shipps)
Grand-ParentsEdward Patrick Feeley, John O'Neal, Alice Grant, Bessie White
Milestone

Milestones

1958 - 1962 Palmer HS, HS
1962 - 1964 St. Francis Hospital, Registered License
1965 Married Don
1965 Debbie, 1st Daughter Born
1969 Karol, 2nd Daughter Born
1973 Robby, Son Born
1978 - 1994 X-Ray Technician, Medical X-Ray
1994 - 2013 X-Ray Technician, Memorial Hospital

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Jewels published a tribute .

Here is Ethan .He loved his Grandma

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Don & Carole Pierce published a comment .

From one grandma to another, I always enjoyed your company whenever we met. Rest In Peace to a wonderful lady

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Karol Gates published a tribute .

This memorial is to celebrate the life of Mary Lou Shipps until we can meet in person to fulfill her wishes... "All I want is an old fashioned Irish wake with family all around". It is our hope to collect your pictures, videos, memories, music, stories virtually for everyone's safety during this frustrating pandemic. We will use these posts to contact/update everyone with the details of when we will gather together in "The Forest" where all of our families' fondest memories were made. This in-person celebration will see mom united with dad and grandma by combining their ashes and sending them off with a celebration, knowing they are now together and watching over us all. Until that time, thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial and we look forward to the time when we can see you and thank you face to face.

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Karol Gates published a comment .

Karol, I've gone through my box of pictures and found these few (scans). The clarity leaves much to be desired. I can send you the originals if you like, and perhaps there is a wizard in your family who can do something to clean up the images. But the group photo in particular is your mom as I remember her. She always wanted to be with everyone where the action was. She was always so kind to me from the very first time Ken brought me to Colorado Springs and every time after. She could have felt like I was an intrusion in the family but I never felt anything but welcome. Her heart was that big.

I included the pictures of Ken and your grandmother at the house with the car to see if you can place the year and where we might have been for the group photo. I have no idea. I have some really nice pictures of your grandmother and of your dad and Ken if you would like to see those too.

I also found the b/w of Ken and me just before we were married, at an Elijah concert we both sang at Barrington College, and the color of Tommy that says it is from 1998. What a cute kid. Then I was shredding papers from the 1980's this morning and found the receipt from something I sent you from Phillips University. I have no idea what it was - perhaps some music at the time. It was a reminder of how easily you and I connected from early on.

What I also realized is how few pictures of the family I have. I have tons of pictures of Ken in Japan with nameless Japanese educators, pictures that are totally meaningless now. What I would cherish are pictures of all of you. Why didn't we take more pictures? If only we had known. . . . .

I love you all, and hope to see you soon. Charlotte

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Your SIS team sends their positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Know we are thinking of you and your family.

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Kristina K. published a tribute .

I cannot imagine how difficult this time is for you. I know you have so many varied emotions. I am remembering all the good times with Mary Lou when she was at her very best. Loving on her kids and grand kids. I'm keeping you in my prayers and rejoicing that Don and Mary Lou are together and in no pain.

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Always you will be in my heart and much love to all

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Jennifer S published a tribute .

There are no words that can truly ease the pain of a loss like this...but if caring thoughts can help-they are with you. Please know I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.Truly sorry for your loss. sending many caring thoughts your way

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Though no words can hurry what you are going through, please know how much you're being thought about...and how deeply you're wished the gentle comfort of sweet memories.-Thinking of you and your family

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Barbara K published a tribute .

I'm so sorry about your mom's passing-you are in our prayers.

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Julie J./nicole published a tribute .

I hope you are finding comfort in your cherished memories with loved ones at this difficult time.Thinking of you! Nicole

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. I hope you are able to surround yourself with family and remember her with love. JUlie J

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S Strobel published a tribute .

Praise be to the God and Father of or Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians I:3-5 NIV

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Melissa C published a tribute .

Karol, you and your family are in our thoughts. Loss of someone special at any time is hard. These times make it even harder. I'm so sorry

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Karol Gates published a tribute .

This memorial is to celebrate the life of Mary Lou Shipps until we can meet in person to fulfill her wishes... "All I want is an old fashioned Irish wake with family all around". It is our hope to collect your pictures, videos, memories, music, stories virtually for everyone's safety during this frustrating pandemic. We will use these posts to contact/update everyone with the details of when we will gather together in "The Forest" where all of our families' fondest memories were made. This in-person celebration will see mom united with dad and grandma by combining their ashes and sending them off with a celebration, knowing they are now together and watching over us all. Until that time, thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial and we look forward to the time when we can see you and thank you face to face.

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Stacy Miller-Strobel published a comment .

I fondly remember Mary Lou. Karol and I were best friends in junior high and high school. I would come over frequently and Mary Lou always treated me like one of her kids. She was kind, compassionate, and fun. She was always available to take us anywhere we needed to go, to feed us when we were starving and to join in on our crazy fun. As I remember my younger days, I always remember the Shipps family. Mary Lou will be remembered and missed.

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Julie A Shipps published a comment .

Mary Lou played a very big part of Rob Emma Ethan I lives...We all lived together and helped each other out! But she loved her grandkids so much! We will miss her very much and remember all the good times we had with each other. We loved her very much and very lucky to have had her in our lives. Mary Lou We Love You!!!

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Jane Howells published a comment .

My memories of Mary Lou go back to middle school days over 60 years ago. Even in those young teenage years it was evident that family was top priority with my best 14 year old friend. The names “Johnny “ and “Punky” and Little Pammy” were often spoken and always with fondness I am not a bit surprised to learn that Don and Mary Lou’s children and grand children were always the passion of her being. Mrs O’Neal, Mary Lou’s mom, kept us in line , but seemed to enjoy keeping her cute daughter's clothes perfect. Starching her “petticoats “ with sugar water so they made Mary Lou’s skirts thrill when she danced at the sock hops we used to go to. She was fun and caring ! So many fond and funny memories! Thank you, dear Debbie, for letting me know of your sweet mom’s passing. The years melted away and the old connnection is vivid in
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Charlotte Kroeker (Shipps) published a tribute .

Mary Lou was the best sister-in-law anyone could ever have. When Ken and I married there was never anything but "Welcome to the family, Charlotte" where Mary Lou was concerned. Her heart was big and loving, making room in her family and her world for me. As we later learned both of the brothers we loved had Alpha-one Antitrypsin enzyme deficiency, she became my soulmate as we navigated the hardest years of their lives and ours. Great joy and great sorrow in this life, but now for her, only joy. I will be forever grateful to have Mary Lou Shipps in my life. Thank you, Mary Lou, and I will always love you. Charlotte

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