Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier

Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier

Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier, 76, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at home in Nixa MO surrounded by family.  Gloria was born on December 14, 1942 in Nilwood IL, the daughter of Jesse Allen Shipp and Lola Dorothy Adcock Shipp.   She graduated High School in Girard, IL class of 1960.  

Gloria was very proud to have served Her Country in the United States Navy.  While based in Stockton, California as an Electronics Technician she met and married Navy Radioman, Paul Douglas Frazier, her devoted husband of 55 years. They had two children, David and Paula.  

Gloria was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and GG.   After the Navy Gloria and Doug moved to West Plains, Missouri to raise their family.  Both attended and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University where Gloria earned a Masters Degree In Administration.  She taught school at Howell Valley, Fair View and Richards Schools in West Plains, MO and tutored many students inspiring them to love math as much as she did.  She was also a Winning Volleyball Coach.

Gloria loved researching Genealogy and especially collaborating and having lunch with fellow research friends, family and classmates back home in Illinois.  Upon retirement Gloria & Doug sold their house, bought a big bus and, for 17 years, traveled the country researching archives, walking through cemeteries and interviewing many people about their family history.  She published two books:  One on the Adcock family line and one on the Sutton family line. 


During their travels around the country they enjoyed stopping to visit with family, friends and fellow Navy Buddies to swap stories and catch up.  Finally, Gloria and Doug joyfully spent many wonderful winters parked in the Melbourne Beach Florida RV Park overlooking the ocean, celebrating life and playing pony canasta with a great group of unforgettable crazy, loving and supportive friends.

Gloria is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Eileen, and her brother Orville.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Paul Douglas Frazier, Nixa, MO,  her son, David Alan Frazier and wife Lisa of Grimes, Iowa, her daughter, Paula Jean Lamb and husband Rick of Nixa, MO, five grandchildren, Jessica Stillings, Zachary Miner and wife Kelsey, Olivia Lamb, Garrett Lamb and Zoe Frazier, two great grandchildren, Brynn Stillings and Ryker Cole, her brother, Allison Bruce “Curly” Shipp and wife Marla of Shipman, IL, special cousin Phyllis June Pitchford of Thayer, IL and several Very Special Nieces and Nephews whom she loved very much.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Girard IL.  Graveside Service immediate follows at 3:30 at Union Chapel Cemetery in Girard, IL with her Brother, Al Shipp officiating.  To leave a comment for the family please visit:

9 thoughts on “Gloria Maxine Shipp Frazier

  1. I knew Gloria from Boot Camp days in Bainbridge, Maryland until now. She was the Company Commander for the Company directly behind the one I was in and then we attended Electronics school together for about a year at Great Lakes, Illinois. We have kept in contact all these years and held a few reunions through the years.
    Beth Watkins

  2. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers for the whole family. I knew Gloria through the ILGenWeb project and while our contact was only virtual, through emails and Facebook posts, her emails always made me smile. I’m sure her light will shine on through your family forever.

  3. So sorry to hear this, Paula. Our condolences and love to you, Doug, and all the family. We are in Colorado with Joyce and Jerry and will not be home in time for visitation, but our hearts and thoughts and prayers will be with you all! Our love and blessings, Carl and Janet

  4. To Doug and all of the Family, Our deepest condolences to you all. Calvin & I were some of those “crazy” friends who played Pony Canasta at Melbourne Beach. We will always remember Gloria’s quick wit, her sense of humour and her ability to keep the “men and their cards in line”. She was a very special person and even as her health deteriorated, her strong spirit shone through. She left the world a better place and touched so many people who will remember her fondly, including us Jane & Cal Dominie

    • We are so sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing. We met at Melbourne Beach Park for the month of April. We would arrive in time for Easter and I always enjoyed her Easter set up. I used to enjoy chatting a couples hours ever week. Always fun and uplifting stories about family, kids and grandkids. We enjoyed the visiting. While Doug would go back to his “cave”. We will sadly miss her emails and laughs. Alyce and David, Kincardine Ontario

  5. My deepest condolences and my prayers for peace and comfort for the whole family. It was my pleasure to make Gloria’s acquaintance through the ILGenWeb
    Project, and to also have had the opportunity to meet her in person at one of our lunches. I was always intrigued when she talked about how she maintained her county site while on the road. Godspeed Gloria!

  6. To Doug and their family, My love, respect and admiration for getting opportunities to love and know Gloria. Thanks for her help in researching my Denby/Vancil kin and learn HOW to do it. She was of great assistance to many in Macoupin to have put much historical info online for others to search.

    My blessings to all Gloria’s family who gave ME a chance to get to know their beloved Gloria!!!

    Anne Denby Michael
    FL and Carlinville homes

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