Rita Jo Shipman

Rita Jo Shipman, 80, of Glen Rose and formerly of Walnut Springs, passed away, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at a Glen Rose care facility, with her family by her side. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at Lawson Memorial Chapel in Walnut Springs with Rev. Craig Odom and Pastor Craig Shackleford officiating. Interment was in the Nancy Smith Cemetery near Glen Rose. Pallbearers were Alden Rush, Dave Hopson, Ricky Shipman, Dwayne Glass, Steven Thompson, and Steve Allen. Rita Jo Hopson was born Jan. 21, 1934 in Glen Rose, to Jess Hopson and Effie Wheeler Hopson. She was raised and educated in and around Glen Rose. On Feb. 23, 1957 she married Frank Shipman. After marriage the young couple moved to Walnut Springs where they raised their family. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cottonwood Baptist Church, Glen Rose. Survivors include her children, Robert Dean Shipman and wife, Becci, of Glen Rose and Gary Lynn Shipman and wife, Melody, of Tolar; grandchildren, Brittany Rush, Tiffany Guerrero, Tony Watson, Jr., Zoee Watson, Chase Shipman, Cody Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Kylie Rush and Shaylee Guerrero; brothers, Kenneth Hopson of Glen Rose and Dennis Hopson of Fort Worth. Mrs. Shipman was preceded in death by her parents, Jess and Effie Hopson; husband, Frank Shipman; an infant daughter; and sisters, Marie Rhodes and Billie Underwood. Condolences and words of comfort may be sent to Mrs. Shipman’s family at lawsonfuneralhome.net. Memorials may be made to Lake Pointe Academy, 1921 Acton Hwy., Granbury, TX 76048 Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian.
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