Nancy Gretchen Shipe

Nancy Gretchen Shipe passed away peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2012.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock by Rev. Timothy Nilsen. Burial will follow at the Cedarwood Cemetery, Edinburg.

Nancy was born August 8, 1935 to Brenda and Wilford Thom in Caboll, Missouri. She graduated from Laplata High School in Missouri and went on to Winchester Nursing School in Virginia earning her RN degree in 1957. She married George Milton Shipe from Edinburg, Virginia in 1957 and they spent 55 years of marriage together enjoying and supporting their five children, Debra Silverman, George Shipe, Rebecca Tax, Winnie Chastain, and Nora Shipe. Nancy retired from her 40 years of nursing after spending 30 years working in Veteran’s Administration Hospitals. George and Nancy moved to Edinburg, Virginia and were very active in their church, AARP, and community activities.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, George; her 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Roy Thom.

Nancy had a big heart and was a loving, caring wife and mother with the best interest of everyone in mind all the time. She loved children, traveling, and reading.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 or make a donation at

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9 Condolences to Nancy Gretchen Shipe

  1. Rebecca Grubb says:

    Dear Rebecca & family,

    Jenny and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Becky

  2. Paula Ford says:

    George & Kids, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Nancy and will miss her smile & nursing advice. You are in my thoughts & prayers! Paula

  3. Al & Elsie Cekala says:

    Dear George and family,
    John Wall just called to let us know that Nancy passed away. Nancy and you George were such a great team. Thanks for your friendship. Al and I will remember Nancy and her love for people in the community. May God watch over you and comfort you at the time of sorrow. We all know Nancy is in a better place now.

    Peace be with you and your family,
    Al & Elsie Cekala

  4. Martha and John Rhein says:

    George and Family,
    I will miss Nancy very much, she was a dear friend for many years, through grade and high school. I admired her determination to become a nurse and pursue a career. George, thank you for being so good to her. You two made a great team. I will miss her sharp wit and outlook on life.
    Martha and John Rhein, Columbia MO

  5. Debra Silverman says:

    Mom was an amazing person…so much love for her family, passion for her career, and caring for those who can not care for themselves. She is in heaven now looking down and caring for all of us…thanks to all her friends for always being there for her.

    Love you forever mom…I pray the Lord your soul to keep.