OBITUARIES

As of Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023
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OBITUARY

Baylee Pierce

Aug. 10, 1992 – Dec. 10, 2023

Baylee Jane Pierce, of Neck City, a cherished mother, daughter, and friend, passed away on Sunday morning, Dec. 10, at the age of 31, after months of failing health. She departed this world in the comfort of her mother’s home in Joplin surrounded by the love of her family. Born on August 10, 1992, in Joplin, Baylee’s vibrant spirit and kind heart touched many throughout her life.

Raised in Webb City, Baylee was a proud 2011 graduate of Webb City High School. She found joy in hunting, fishing and softball. Above all, Baylee loved her two children, Sadie Jane and Holden Edward House.

Baylee is survived by her children, Sadie and Holden; her parents, Eddy Pierce, Neck City, and Elizabeth Myers and her companion, Jon Ingham, Joplin; her maternal grandmother, Zelma Jane Myers, Oronogo; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Myers; and her paternal grandparents, William J. Pierce Sr. and Jean Pierce.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at Peoria Indian Tribe Cemetery, 7001-7199 S. 638 Road, Miami, OK 74354, with Chaplain Doyle Hoth officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Pierce, Kaleb Pierce, Gary Pierce Jr., Jon Ingham, Robert Sanders and Brian Miracle. Following the graveside, family and friends will gather at the Peoria Tribe Community Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

Paul Shipman

Sept. 30, 1930 – Dec. 9, 2023

Paul Richard Shipman, 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his Joplin home on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Paul was born Sept. 30, 1930, in Brookfield, to Bejamin and Nellis Shipman. He graduated from Springfield High School and Southwest Missouri State. He received his master’s degree from Pittsburg State and doctorate from the University of Arkansas. As an educator and administrator, he worked at schools in Phillipsburg, Clever, Golden City, and Pittsburg, Kan.. In 1965, he followed his mentor, Dr. Leon Billingsly, to Joplin Junior College, now Missouri Southern State University. Paul retired as vice president for business affairs at Missouri Southern in 1986. He came out of retirement to work 1½ years at MSU-West Plains.

Paul married his wife, Trula (nee Gelsheimer) in 1952 in Springfield. Trula, his loving wife of 71 years, survives. They were blessed with two daughters, Karen Shipman (Greg White), University City, and Kathy Jantz (Bill), Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren Michael Jantz, Tulsa, and Lauren Steg (Bradley), Humboldt, Tenn., stepgranddaughters Melissa (TJ) Steck, Kansas City, and Jessica (Thomas) Horn, Lawrence, Kan.; and their children, Shepherd Steg, Emma and Curran Steck (Kelly), and Drew, Austin, and John Deiter; brothers-in-law, Ron and Merle (Shirley) Gelsheimier; nieces and nephews, Susy, Cindy, Charles, Mark, Julie, David Laura, and Cheryl and their families; and a special family friend, Connie Godwin.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Arminta and Bob Bower; brother and sister-in-law, David and Zoe Shipman; nephews Bruce Bower and Scott Shipman, Jan Slusher.

Paul was a real people person, and he was well-known for his dry sense of humor. The family enjoyed many vacations together, especially road trips, camping excursions, and cruising the Panama Canal. He faithfully served in the National Guard for 12 years. For many years, he was a member of the Carthage Rotary Club and served on the boards of the Salvation Army and the Jasper County Association of Social Services. He and Trula owned many antique cars and were members of the Heartland Antique Auto Club. They rode motorcycles with Goldwing Road Riders, even riding with a group to every county seat in Missouri. They were avid supporters of MSSU and liked to attend concerts, and sporting events. They played games with their Friday Pie Day group. They danced with the Tanglefooters round dancers, and attended many alumni events at Golden City and SMS. They were members of Circus Fans of America. In recent years they enjoyed many activities and made even more friends as “Winter Texans” at Tropic Resort in Pharr, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Shipman Family Scholarship at MSSU. Arrangements were under the direction of Mason Woodard Mortuary.

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