Willie Lois Davenport ShipskieMar 22nd, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Obituaries
Willie Lois Shipskie, age 94, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday morning, March 19th, 2011.
Willie was born in Madison on May 19, 1916, and grew up in Madison except for a brief period when she was a very small child and her family lived in Adel, Georgia. She attended High School and went on to obtain her teaching certificate.
She was the daughter of Cora Lois Gramlin Davenport and Wilbur Baldwin Davenport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Shipskie, Sr. and her four younger brothers: Quentin, Joe, Edwin and Bill Davenport.
In 1936, she moved to Miami to work with her uncle , Jack Davenport, in his real estate company in a clerical position. She also worked a second job at the Florida Five and Dime where she met Nicholas, her husband of 52 years, who was originally from family of five children she also taught preschool and kindergarten for the Olympia Baptist Church in southwest Miami.
Mom Shipskie (“Granny”) had many interest and hobbies. She was an avid reader and loved to play scrabble! She also wrote short stories, some of which were published. She and her daughter Connie formed a ceramics business in Miami called Mom and Me. Her grandchildren spent many happy hours making ceramic and learning to paint under her instruction. Flowers and gardening were by far her passion. In 1977 she and Pop retired and built their home on the old family property in Madison where they planted vegetable gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs of all kind.
Her greatest joys in life centered around her family and her flowers. She was a very wise, caring and compassionate woman of great faith (proverbs31). She was greatly loved and will be missed. She leaves behind 5 children Nick (Terri), Ron (Joetta), Connie (Horace), Carolyn (Tom) and Paul (Terra); a daughter-in-law Rosemary Groover (Robert); 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and many other loved ones who will remember her and continue to celebrate her life.
Funeral and interment services will be held at Hanson United Methodist Church 9290 NE Daisy Street Madison, FL 32340), Tuesday, March 22nd, at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to her church’s building fund.