Viola M. Shipley

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Viola M. Shipley, 87, of Westminster, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Carroll Hospital Center.

Born Jan. 10, 1925, in Buckeystown, she was the daughter of the late George Maynard and Ava Keyser Martz. She was the wife of Vernon U. Shipley, her husband of 56 years, who died in 2002.

She was the owner and operator of the 141 West Beauty Shop, a licensed real estate agent, was on the Maryland State Liquor Control Board, and was active with the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Surviving are daughter Sharon S. Conover and longtime companion Dennis Bowen Sr., of Westminster; sisters Eleanor Wampler, of Eldersburg, and Ava Marie Peterson, of Pennsylvania; grandchildren Darin Cassell and Stephanie Eline, of Littlestown, Pa., and Nicholas Conover, of Westminster; great-grandchildren William Keller, Andrew Burick, Amber Cassell, Paige Cassell and Genesis Conover; and a great-great-grandchild, Daniel Keller.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of memorial service, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, with the Rev. Wayne Gadow officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the , 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 20, 2012
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