NEW BERN - Diane Hempel Shipper "Mama Dee" died Saturday, April 20 at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Diane was born in Mineola, N.Y., Sept. 19, 1941 to the late Karl and Florence McCarthy Hempel. In her past time, Mama Dee loved to paint and loved to spend time on the beach. She was a retired LPN from Kings Mountain Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, David Shipper of the home; two sons, Wayde Ledbetter, and his wife Teri, of Kings Mountain, and Dale Ledbetter, and his wife, Myra, of Monroe; two sisters, Joyceann Robertson of Milford, Pa., and Karleen Conine of Wildwood, N.J.; four grandchildren, Tosha Stroup, Kaylin Ledbetter, Ashley Ledbetter and Devin Ledbetter; and two great grandchildren, Baylee and Gabe.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.
Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.