In memory of
Mary Ellen Culley Shope Lifter
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In memory of
Mary Ellen Culley Shope Lifter
In the early morning of Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Mary Ellen Culley Shope Lifter, 90, passed peacefully at her home. Her valiant fight with her illness came to an end with quiet peace. She was born on January 7, 1926, in Brockway, PA to Hallie Roberts Culley and Harry B. Culley. She grew up in DuBois, PA graduating from Dubois High School. She completed two years at Syracuse University leaving in 1945 to join her fiancé, Robert Lowell Shope, in Amarillo, Texas where they were married and where he was stationed in the Army Air Corp. After the War they relocated to Western PA and then to New Cumberland, PA where she completed her college education at Shippensburg University with a degree in English. Mary Ellen retired in 1992 after spending 30 years in the Insurance Industry. She was the Deputy in charge of the Department of Agents & Brokers for the PA Department of Insurance. She was the first female CLU (Charter Life Underwriter) for the State of PA. She volunteered as a Welcome Wagon Hostess welcoming the new Governor and his wife to their new home. She also had her pilot's license and enjoyed buzzing her family and neighbors homes! After retirement she along with her second husband, Moore Lifter, moved to Washington, DC. Years later she moved to Holden Beach, NC, and then October 2014 she moved to "The Conservatory Senior Living Community" in Keller, Texas. Mary Ellen is survived by; Pamela (Charles) Shope Carpenter of Slidell, PA, Stephanie Shope Disson (Scott Rigby) of Holden Beach, NC, Jean (Sheldon) Lifter Gelman of Phila., PA, Jeffrey (Marie) Shope of Keller, Texas, Gregory Shope of Mclean, VA, Bradley Shope of Holden Beach, NC, John (Karen) Lifter of Wellesley, Mass., eight grandchildren, four step grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. Mary Ellen's siblings who survive her are David Culley of Panama City Beach, FL, Gregory (Donna) Culley of Martha's Vineyard, Mass, Kent (Merle) of Bradford Woods, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands…Robert L. Shope and Moore Lifter and, her grandson Robert Shope and her sister Doris Snow. Mary Ellen was a loving and devoted Mother, Grandmother, SuperGran and friend and will be dearly missed by all. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on October 24th @ 11:00 AM at the First United Presbyterian Church of DuBois, PA followed by her burial at the Morningside Cemetery. Cremation arrangements were handled by Acremation. www.pennlive.com/obits
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