CANTON — Sarah Jane Burrell Shipman, 81, of the Thickety community, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late Larry and Gladys Murray Burrell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jake Denver Burrell. Jane worked at Haywood County Public Library as a librarian assistant for many years and was a member of Plains United Methodist Church. She enjoyed visiting antique shows and shops as well as spending time making crafts and handmade dolls.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, R. L. Shipman; a daughter, Tammy Shipman of Canton; one son, Larry Shipman and wife, Regina, of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Ruby Crumpler; three brothers-in-law, Danny Shipman (Kim), James Shipman (Shevondea) and G.L. Shipman (Pat); one grandson, Michael Shipman and wife, Mindy; one step-granddaughter, Gina Jennings and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Aryn Williams-Ruebel and the Rev. Zach Christy officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at their residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Haywood County Public Library Children’s Department, Canton, 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton, NC 28716 or to Plains United Methodist Church, 2029 Newfound Road, Canton, NC 28716.

A special thank you is extended to the staff of Silver Bluff Nursing Home for the kind and compassionate care given to their family.

The care of Mrs. Shipman has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.

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