Stillwater News Press


April 30, 2012

Linda Sue Shipley

Linda Sue Shipley passed away April 29, 2012 in Stillwater surrounded by loved ones.  Her funeral services will be 11:00 on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Eden Chapel United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Perkins, Oklahoma. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Linda was born on Oct. 3, 1947 to Martin M. Shipman and Ruth (Rogers) Shipman in Guthrie, Okla.  She completed two years at OSU and graduated from OU as a Paralegal.  She married Jerry L. Shipley in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 24, 1965.

Linda worked as a Probate Specialist and court administrator at the Iowa Tribe of Perkins, Okla., for the past ten years.  Prior to working for the tribe she was a legal secretary for a law firm for over thirty-five years, the last years being with R.L. Hert, Jr. and William J. Baker.  She also taught legal secretarial classes at Meridian Technology Center.  Linda kept books and did what she could for the family business known as the “Taco Hut” from 1973-1983.

Linda was a member of the Eden Chapel United Methodist Church where she served in various leadership roles.  Linda volunteered and stayed in dorms for the Oklahoma Special Olympics for over twenty years – this was her joy.  She was an avid supporter of The Sheltered Workshop of Payne County where she served as a member and advocate for clients on the board from 2004 till present.  Linda often served as an interpreter for the deaf when needed.  She was very family oriented and enjoyed researching her roots in the Choctaw Tribe.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Ruth Shipman; brother-in-law, Kenneth Newsom; and a very dear nephew, Michael Allen Jenkins.

Linda is survived by her husband, Jerry L. Shipley; daughters, Kerrie Shipley and April (David) Shelton; granddaughter, Mykelti Shelton; grandson, Dawson Shelton; Virgil Danforth; and sisters, Ellen (Bill) Jenkins and Ruth Newsom.

Linda was loved by her friends and family and will be greatly missed.

Contributions may be made in her name to Eden Chapel United Methodist Church, 9211 S. Fairgrounds Rd., Perkins, OK 74059.

Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting

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