Helen Marie Shipman

Monday, January 29, 1945 - Saturday, July 3, 2021

A Beloved Lady

Photo of Helen Marie Shipman  - 1945-2021

CANTON — Helen Marie Shipman, 76, entered into her eternal heavenly home on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Helen was born January 29, 1945 in Haywood County, where she resided until her death. She graduated in 1962 from Canton High School and was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

Helen’s most outstanding characteristic was love, especially toward children. When she saw people in need, she couldn’t rest until she had done her part to help them.

She worked as a personnel manager in the retail and the medical supply industries, before finishing her career serving children at Head Start. Those who knew Helen witnessed to her competence and kindness. Previous managers and co-workers have stated, “Helen was the best employee we had.”

Before passing away, Helen courageously battled a more than decade-long terminal illness. Her faith in Christ sustained her as she faced what seemed to be insurmountable trials. Yet in the midst of each trial, she was thankful for the Lord’s provision. In her final moments, she gracefully passed into Christ’s presence.

She deeply loved her family. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. Helen was the daughter of Jesse and Demmie Haney and was also preceded in death by her son, John Derrick Shipman, in 2019.

Surviving are her husband, Boyd Shipman, and her son, Michael Shipman and his wife, Katharine Shipman. Her surviving grandsons are John Shipman II and Caleb Shipman. Her surviving granddaughters are Bethany Shipman (Christopher Shupe) and Hannah Shipman (James Hamilton). Her sole surviving great-grandson is William Hamilton. Helen is also survived by her brother, John Haney (Faye Haney).  

A celebration of life service for Helen will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, at Crestview Baptist Church. The Reverends Dr. Dan Page and Dr. Michael Shipman will be officiating.

The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the celebration of life service. A private interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Shipman family.

Condolences from family and friends

God shared an Angel when He placed Helen in my life. To witness pure love, beauty inside and out in knowing her is something I will cherish. The love shared between Helen and Boyd was immeasurable. I feel honored to have been a part of Helen’s life. We had an ongoing joke “I can put those blankets in that bag just like Boyd!” To share a smile and laugh was always something I looked forward to. I will miss Helen, but know she is in a much better place. God bless and keep the family and friends left to remember how special Helen was.
Karen Lynne Denty
So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Audrey & Darlene Garnes
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of this precious family. What a blessing to have known such a special lady.
Rose & Mack Shepherd
Boyd and family, I was so sad to see about Helen’s passing. I worked with Helen at Triad several years. She was a great employee. Helen always stayed on top of everything. I was very lucky to be able to call Helen my friend.
Barbara Miller
Turut Berdukacita untuk Shipmans.. God bless you all
Aan Silantoro
Boyd and family, we are saddened to hear of Helen's passing but rejoice she is not in pain and celebrating with Jesus and others..we are praying for comfort and peace during this time.
Debbie and Tom Moore
Boyd and Michael, Thinking of you.
Rob Brigman
We are so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Shipman was a sweet and special person. The family will be in our prayers.
Suzanna & Ronnie Allen
Boyd I am sorry to see where Helen has passed. Thoughts, Love and Prayers to you and all the family...
Ruby Crumpler--(Shipman)
Helen and I were both raised on Smathers Hill many years ago and we went to school together. She was always a very sweet and loving person. Boyd and family I know she will be missed. I was Betty Clark at that time.
Betty Jaynes