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: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com.