Services to honor and remember the life of Judith "Judy" Shipman will be 1 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Faith Baptist Church in Claremore. She will be laid to rest in Wards Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rice Funeral Service. Judy passed away Monday morning at her home. She was 84.
Born June 11, 1932 in New Orleans, La. to Jared and Agnes (Noel) DeVillier, Judy was reared and educated in Louisiana, as well as California. While young, Judy's mother divorced and remarried and it was Weldon Purcell that helped raise young Judy.
In her youth, Judy discovered she was blessed with God given gifts and talents as she emerged as an artist.
In high school she was able to use these gifts as she became both instrumental in and highly depended upon for various art projects related to her school, such as the school newspaper and yearbook.
Upon graduation, Judy began a family of her own. Through the years she was able to welcome five children into her heart and life: Jack, Jr., Michael, Steven, David and Paula.
Eventually, Tulsa became home for Judy. It was there that she taught at Triangle Art Studios. She was later employed as a showroom consultant for Heatwave Supply where she earned the trust of many loyal customers.
In her spare time, Judy took up an interest in square dancing. Her attention to this pastime would result in the introduction to and eventual marriage between she and Donnie Shipman.
The two joined together on Oct. 1, 1983 and have spent an amazing thirty-three years together.
In 1984, the couple made their home in Rogers County. It was then that Judy took up a new interest in western art. Her pencil sketches and renderings of the likes of John Wayne were impeccable and always spot on.
For several years, she enjoyed sharing and even selling some of her artwork as she belonged to and participated in various activities and festivals with the Three Rivers Art Club in Claremore.
In addition to her western art, Judy enjoyed painting images related to her faith. Some of these beautiful renderings are on display at Faith Baptist Church in Claremore, where she was a long-time member and supporter.
All about art and Jesus was a description of Judy given by her beloved family. In addition, they stated she was loved by all who knew her. Coined by a beloved grandson, Judy was his 'Amen Grandma'.
This woman of devotion to her faith, family and friends will certainly be missed.
She is survived by: her husband of 33 years, Donnie Shipman; her children: Jack Tremble, Jr. and wife Dawn; Michael Tremble; Steven Tremble; David Tremble and wife, Carla; Paula Young and husband, Steve and Terry Shipman; 8 grandchildren: Karen, Kristie, Kelli, Kimi, Joshua, Elizabeth, Amy and Luke; along with 3 great-grandchildren: Zachery, Jonathan and Owen.
She was preceded in death by: her parents and an infant son, Joey.
Published on July 26, 2016