In memory of
Judith Lyman Shipley Summit wife, mother of five and energetic voice for those in need; promoted local low-cost housing and education goals; Newark education center is graced with her name Judith Lyman Shipley (1935-2014), a lifelong resident of Summit, N.J., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St, Summit. Family, friends, and acquaintances will remember Judy fondly as a kind, generous and joyful person who exhibited a lifelong commitment to people and to communities. Her volunteer and leadership efforts were significant, and her presence seemed to bring out the best qualities in the people and situations she encountered. Judy and Walter, her husband-best friend-sweetheart, met in junior high school and began their love and journey together. Marrying the day after her graduation from Skidmore College, Judy's nursing degree was quickly put to good use raising five children. Judy/Mom/Grandy always fostered the best in people, reflecting her positive attitude toward life and celebrating the good she observed in those around her. Her influence often came in a kind word, a smile, or a song. And as time went by, she delighted in capturing the essence of family and friends in drawn caricatures. A supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Judy's life's work reflected her fundamental respect for everyone. She was passionate, compassionate, and committed to improving the lives and opportunities available to people around her. A favorite motto of hers was "give until it feels good"... a philanthropic theme she lived by and passes on to the generations that will survive her. In addition to championing such local organizations as the PTA, Junior League, and Garden Club, Judy fought hard for affordable and senior housing in Summit. She was awarded the United Way Citizen-of-the-Year award for her charitable efforts in the community. Judy also served as president of the board of SAGE (Summit Area Association for Gerontological Endeavors) and was a founding trustee of The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey. Together, Judy and Walter have been passionate supporters of The Greater Newark Conservancy, Summit Speech School, The Little Hill Foundation - Alina Lodge, SAGE, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, NJPAC, and the American Museum of Natural History. Recently the Greater Newark Conservancy's gardens in Newark were named in her honor as"The Judith L. Shipley Urban Environmental Center." Judy is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Walter V. Shipley; their five children, Barbara T. Shipley (Asa), Allison P. Shipley, Pamela J. Shipley (Clay), Dorothy B. Shipley (Lynn), and John P. Shipley (Kitty); seven grandchildren, Mike and Riki Pandoli, Isa and Maddie Granados, Emma, Matt and Kate Shipley; a brother, William E. Lyman (Faith); brothers- and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. The family is thankful for the many wonderful expressions of kindness and love received from so many during recent months and requests that, in lieu of flowers, gifts be directed to The Greater Newark Conservancy at citybloom.org .
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