Mary J. Shipman, 89, of Columbia City passed away at 9:45 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Sept. 1, 1921 in Provo, Utah, she was a daughter of Frank and Harriett (Richmond) Speckart.
She had been a Columbia City resident since 2009 moving from Florida and a prior resident of Provo, Utah. She graduated from Provo High School with the Class of 1939 and two years at Brigham Young University. On June 22, 1941, she married Robert L. Shipman in Provo.
She was a secretary with the Provo School Districts, retiring with 20 years of service. She was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church, Order Eastern Star, Past Worthy Matron, Ladies Oriental Shrine and PTA President of the Elementary High School.
Survivors include her two sons, Robert M. Shipman of Salt Lake City, Utah and Stuart (Bonnie) Shipman of Columbia City; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert L. Shipman; daughter, Carolyn Shipman; brothers and sisters, Frank Speckart, Florene Hettig, Ruth Okeson, Orlene Sutherland and Jess Speckart.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City with funeral service immediately following at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jean Ness of Columbia City United Methodist Church, officiating. She will be rested beside her beloved husband in Provo.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Shipman to the Park and Garden Fund, c/o Whitley County Community Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com  to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.