Evelyn L. Shipp entered the gates of heaven to join her beloved husband, Orin A. Shipp and daughter, Deborah Correll, and grandson, Justus Landry on August 12, 2016. She leaves behind her loving daughter, Cynthia and husband Cary Kramer of Edmond, and Deborah’s husband Don Correll of Oklahoma City, OK. She adored her grandchildren; Chay Kramer and wife Natalie of Edmond, Jessica Watson and daughter Sage of Norman, Jerrisa Monks and husband Ray, sons Baron & Xane of Heath, Texas, and Justus’ children Riley, Elisha, & Gavrielle Landry. She also leaves several special nieces and nephews. She was born in Gotebo, OK to Daniel & Flora Merchant and was a doting big sister to Geneta who all are with her again in heaven.
She graduated from Gotebo High School, and then attended the Okla. College for Women in Chickasha where she received her teaching certification. She met the great love of her life in the cockpit of an airplane at Tinker Air Force Base when he was a recently returned World War II veteran of the Army Air Corp’s Fabulous 57th Fighter Group. They married Dec. 30, 1946 and enjoyed 57 years of wedded bliss. She supported her husband’s passion for creating the perfect black angus calves during their years of owning several acres in Pocasset, and later on in Bethel Acres, OK. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a tremendous support to her husband as he served on the Board of the Masonic Charity Foundation. Their hard work brought him the honor of serving as Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Okla. His excellence in motivational speaking took them to the Grand Master’s Conference in Washington, D.C. as the featured speaker, and all across the country. They enjoyed traveling together and went from Europe, to as far north as Canada, and as far south as South America. They enjoyed spending their summers in the Masonic Park in the Rocky Mountains outside of South Fork, CO where they owned an original log cabin built in 1914. It is to this day a wonderful legacy with numerous family memories created within it. She was a very gifted artist and enjoyed china painting, and landscapes of oils on canvas that grace her families’ homes. She was a great seamstress, and lovingly created both of her daughters’ wedding gowns. Her greatest joy in life was her family, to which she provided unselfish support and unconditional love throughout her life.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Brookdale of Edmond and Humanity Hospice for their excellent support in caring for her during her final chapter of life. For those wishing to honor her, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. A celebration of her life will be held on 10:00 a.m. Tuesday August 16, 2016 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Reverend Bertha Potts officiating. Viewing will be from Noon to 8:00 p.m. on Monday. Her burial will be next to her beloved husband at the Pocasset Cemetery. We think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched…. for nothing loved is ever lost, and she was loved so much. We entrust her into God’s loving and eternal care.