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Margaret L. Shipley

Margaret L. Shipley

Our lovely mother and grandmother passed away, August, 28, 2014 on the last day of her 90th year.

A celebration of her life will take place with a visitation at Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN on Monday, September 1, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at First Lutheran Church, Worthington, MN on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private burial at the Worthington Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of Worthington, MN, she was born the eldest of three children to Theodore & Maria Johanson. She attended school in Worthington and at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN. Prior to her marriage to Robert Earl Shipley in 1951, she worked for Glencoe School District, & the Nobles County Auditors Office.

Bob & Margaret were married for 58 yrs. until Bob died in 2009. This marriage resulted in five children. She devoted time to raising her family and once her children started school, she reentered the workforce and had a 24 year career in the Administrative Office of IDS #518.

Margaret was always very proud to be Swedish and she passed on many traditions to her family, especially with her baking. She also found time to be involved in her community through church circles, hospital auxiliary & Christian Womens Group. Managing time to join her girlfriends in a game of bridge was a lifetime priority for her.

Her parents, sister Arlene Bechtel, brother Bob Johanson, her husband Bob and an infant son Thomas all preceded her in death.

She is survived by four children: Steve (Jill) Shipley, Dorene Shipley (Gerhard Cibis), Dan Shipley (Lauri Wilke) & Karen (Curt) Halbakken. Also seven granddaughters: Anne (Mike) Jewison, Laurie (Mark) Angell, Carly Shipley, Ashley Shipley, Kelsey Day, Melanie Day & Laura Halbakken and one step grandson, Jeff Halbakken. Other relatives & friends include her cousins in Sweden, sister-in-law Iris Kluever and her family, nieces and nephews, and many longtime friends.

Condolences can be sent to The Shipley Family, 261 Eastwood Court, Chanhassen, MN 55317. Memorial contributions can be made to First Lutheran Church for the stained glass restoration project, 1200 4th Ave, Worthington, MN 56187 or the charity of your choice.

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