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SALLY STEVENS SHIPMAN died on Monday, May 28 in Houston, Texas. Leukemia took her life but not her indomitable spirit and her ability to inspire others. Born in Beaumont in 1938 to F. Kenneth Stevens (deceased) and Dorothy Bodin Stevens, Sally was a member of the 1956 Beaumont High School graduating class. She completed her education at the University of Texas where she received a Master's Degree in Community and Regional Planning and was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. A long time Austin and Houston resident, Sally began her community and political life as a neighborhood organizer. She served in Austin city government for 12 years, first on the Planning Commission, followed by 3 terms as elected At-Large Austin City Council Member/Mayor Pro-Tem. Sally was always taking on new challenges. At 65 she ran her first of many marathons in San Francisco, placing first in her age group. She was an active member of Rotary Club of Houston, River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club and Leadership Texas. At the time of her death, Sally served as Regional Director of United States Inter-Agency Council for Homelessness and for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously she served 8 years as the Executive Director of Houston's Coalition for the Homeless. Throughout her professional career she taught government courses for Austin Community College, St. Edwards University, and Houston Community College as well as authoring numerous publications on democracy, government, and city planning. Sally is survived by Bob W. Shipman, her beloved husband of forty-seven years, her three children, Susan Shipman, Houston, Mark Shipman, Ft. Worth, Sarah and husband Sergio Garcia, Austin, precious grandson, Jack Garcia, mother Dorothy Bodin Stevens, Beaumont, sister Carol Keller and her husband Ken, Austin, and brother Ken Stevens and his wife Jane, Buffalo, Nephews Drew Keller, Austin, and Derek Keller, Boston, Niece Ashley Stevens, Panama, and Grand-Nieces Emma and Ellie Keller, Pflugerville. A memorial service of Sally's life will be held on Thursday, May 31st, 2 PM at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston. The funeral service will be held at 2 pm Friday, June 1st, University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio St., Austin followed by private interment at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials in Sally's name, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5005 Mitchelldale, Houston, TX 77092 / www.leukemia-lymphoma or University Presbyterian Church, Austin, Christian Education Ministry. Memorial Funeral Home Buffalo, Texas (903) 322-4632
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 30, 2007
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