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Mary Shipley

Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

St. Paul's Lutheran Church Funkstown


 Mary Jane Shipley, 72, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Sunday, July 7, 2019, at the Ravenwood Lutheran Village after a long courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

Born Monday, November 18, 1946 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late John "Jack" Willet Young and the late Edna B. (Campbell) Young.

She graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1964. Mary worked at the Washington County Hospital, retiring after 43 years of service on the Behavioral Health Unit of Meritus. She was a member of the Auxiliary Unit at the Funkstown American Legion Post 211 and St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Funkstown, where she was involved with various committees. Mary enjoyed spending time baking and crafting for many local organizations. 

She is survived by her husband, Richard Shipley; son, Edward Potts; daughter, Gwen Barron and husband Scott; two grandsons, Jeremy Barron and wife Jennifer and Joshua Barron; granddaughter, Jillian Barron; two brothers, John Young and Ernest Young; and sister, Linda Lewis and their families.

She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Brenda Young.

Services will be held Friday, July 12, 2019, at 10:00 am, at the St. Paul's  Lutheran Church, 24 East Baltimore Street Funkstown, MD, with Pastor Lee Brumback and Pastor Darrell Layman officiating.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD 21742, Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to , St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 24 East Baltimore Street, Funkstown, MD, 21734.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Dear Dick and family, Thank you for giving me, a nurse on 7A in the 1970s, an opportunity to work with Mary. She was a compassionate person, doing things for her patients to make their time in the hospital more pleasant. She could be seen helping them with their hair, finding magazines they could read, feeding those too weak to feed themselves. Her compassion was in every part of her life at the hospital. She always spoke of her family and her eyes would light up as she related any thing that had occurred there. Thank you for sharing her. About 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to see Mary and Rick and she spoke to me - I couldn't see well enough to recognize her until she spoke. God bless her and all of her family.

Jane E. Staley
Hagerstown, MD

I have such wonderful, fond memories of Mary growing up. She sure was a funny, one of a kind lady. Prayers to Dick, Gwen and family ❤️. Love, Gina

Gina Grumbine Hudock
Greencastle , PA

I worked with Mary about 35 years ago at Washington Co. hospital. She was always smiling and a pleasure to work with. We always seemed to have fun while we worked hard. She loved her family and her face glowed when she talked about them. Treasure all the wonderful memories.


We are so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. What a wonderful woman she was, always smiling and a joy to talk too. Mary was a devoted wife, mother and hands on grandmother. I remember her and Dickie at every school/sports event for the Jeremy and Josh. She will be missed. May God wrap his arms around all of you, and comfort you, during this process of sending heaven, another really special angel. Fly high Mary! We are in OC, so sending thoughts and much love to all. Rick, Kathy, Dani, Katie and Alyssa

Hagerstown , MD

My deepest condolences and sympathy goes out to the Shipley and Barron family. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Mary. May God give you strength to get through these hard times. I'm so sorry that I won't be able to make any of the services due to being on vacation starting Thursday. Love always. Your friend forever. Deena

Deena Royce
Hagerstown, Maryland

I don’t remember my grandma when she was heathy but family members have told me stories. Also, I have watched home videos like every birthday when I was little she would bake me cakes I have some memories of when we went to New York and saw the Statue of Liberty and I have some memories of when we went to Ocean City. I remember one fun thing we did together while she was sick was watch the Price is right. I will miss her.

Jillian Barron
Hagerstown, Maryland

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