January 23, 2019
On the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, Theresa (DeBray) Shipp passed away at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont., surrounded by family and friends. She died of natural causes at the age of 81.
Theresa was born in Glasgow on Aug. 12, 1937, to Leo and Pauline DeBray. She grew up west of Glasgow, attended Glasgow schools (most of the time), and graduated in 1955 from Glasgow High School.
She met Lloyd Shipp and was married on July 22, 1956, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. The couple ranched north of Glasgow and raised five children. Theresa spent many hours helping on the ranch and raising pigs, chickens, sheep, goats and any other animal the kids would talk her into getting. She kept very busy raising a house full of children who were always up to some type of shenanigans. In her later years, she always enjoyed reminiscing about those earlier times. She was a 4-H leader for many years, in addition to being a member of the Cowbells Club and Homemakers Club. She was also a member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.
Theresa received employment in the early 1980s at the ASCS office in Glasgow. She enjoyed working and visiting with the farmers when they came to the office. She developed many friendships during that time and worked at the ASCS until retirement. She thoroughly enjoyed her retirement where she traveled to many places with older people (she was never old). She loved to play the slot machines and looked forward to trips to Four Bears and Wendover. Theresa was an avid quilter and made over 100 baby quilts to donate to the Denver Children's Hospital. She loved her quilting friends and always looked forward to her quilting retreats with the ladies.
Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Whether it was going paddlefishing with Jaylein, gambling with Patty, hunting elk with Doyle or shopping with Rose, she loved the experiences. Watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in activities, along with spending time with them, and watching football on TV were some of her favorite times.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; one son, Wayne; mother and father Leo and Pauline DeBray; one brother, Jake; and one son-in-law, Jeff Geer.
Survivors include her four children, Jaylein (Les) Nickels, Patty (Dan) Geer, Doyle (Colleen) Shipp and Rosalie (Greg) Spinler; 14 grandchildren, Jesse, Krista, Tanner, Lindsey, Wyatt, Joe, Erika, Della, Renee, Kyle, Ryley, Reo, Quinn and Gavin; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Family received friends 4-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with Pastor Todd Wright officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow with a luncheon after at the First Lutheran Church.