Mary Lou was born Dec. 21, 1931 in Maben, WV, the youngest child of Clyde
and Mae Shipman (known by everyone as "Mam").
After attending high school in St. Albans, WV, Mary Lou received one year of
education at Marshall University before transferring to and graduating from
St. Marys School of Nursing in Huntington, WV. The majority of her nursing
career was spent at St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg. During her
twenty-seven years of service there, most especially when she acted as
Discharge Planning Nurse and later as Patient care Coordinator of Clinical
Admitting, Mary Lou touched the lives of almost every patient who entered
St. Joseph Hospital, and their families as well. Her concern, compassion,
fierce determination and sense of humor were well known among her patients,
colleagues, friends and family.
After retirement, Mary Lou continued to share her nursing skills and
compassion as a CNA instructor and Faith Link volunteer. She loved to play
golf, watch sports, attend Mass and visit, pray for and tease her friends
and family. She took care of her family, friends, neighbors and even
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and their
spouses: Jack and Gladys (Goody) Shipman, Ann (Shipman) Crews and her
husband Eddy, Tom Shipman and Mary Lou's dearly loved sister-in-law Mary Iva
(Shannon) Shipman, and their daughter Sally Ann (Shipman) Barrett. Mary
Lou's great nephews Jeff Shipman also preceded her in death.
Her surviving family includes her children and their families: Mary
Elizabeth (Watzek) Bougher and her husband John Bougher; Deacon William
Watzek and his wife Laura (Miller) Watzek, and her youngest daughter
Margaret Watzek. Mary Lou deeply loved her grandchildren and their
families: Jessica Watzek and her children Laura and Emily; James Watzek and
his wife Kim (Lurch) Watzek and their son Zachary; Brother Francis Mary, OFM
(born Shannon Bougher), Dylan Bougher and Casey Bougher.
Especially dear to Mary Lou were her surviving nieces and nephews. Robert
Shipman and his wife Marilyn and their son Andy Shipman, Ned Crews, Mary Ann
(Crews) Thompson and her husband Bob, Barbara Crews, Thomasina (Shipman)
Schaffer and her husband Joseph, and Rebecca Shipman-Hurst. Mary Lou loved
her great nephews and nieces: Eric, Jason and Michael Barrett (her godson),
Andy and Matt Schaffer, Melinda Nelson Hurst and Amy Hurst. Mary Lou's
family also included dear and close friend Patricia Vincent.
May Lou was a devout Roman Catholic and served her parish of St. Margaret
Mary for many years. Her wake service will be Friday, Jan. 11, 7-9 pm at
Leavitt Funeral Home, with Deacon William Watzek officiating. The funeral
will be held at St. Margaret Mary on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11:00 am with the
Very Reverend Monsignor Joseph Peterson presiding.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Matthew 25 ministry of St.
Margaret Mary Parish, 2500 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com