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Marion E. Shipley Jr., 81, plumber, woodworker

Marion E. Shipley Jr., a retired plumber and skilled woodworker, died Wednesday of sepsis at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 81.

Mr. Shipley, who worked briefly as a post office letter carrier in the late 1930s, was a plumber for 35 years for Ingleside Mechanical Contractors until his retirement in 1969.

A skilled woodworker and builder, Mr. Shipley built his house on Morerick Avenue in Catonsville, where he resided for nearly 40 years. He also enjoyed building furniture and rocking horses for his grandchildren.

He was an accomplished painter who executed landscapes in oil and watercolor.

Mr. Shipley, who lived briefly in Sykesville before his death, was born and reared on Fulton Avenue and graduated from Baltimore public schools. During World War II, he did defense work at Revere Brass & Copper Co. in Baltimore.

He was a member of Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Pentecostal Church. Services were held Friday.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Margaret R. Ickes; a son, Larry Shipley of Riverside, Wash.; two daughters, Virginia Brewer of Sykesville and Carol Dowdle of Catonsville; and 10 grandchildren.

Theresa Mae Middleton, 84, homemaker, volunteer

Theresa Mae Middleton, a homemaker and former Northeast Baltimore resident, died in her sleep Wednesday at the home of a grandson in Laurel, Del. The Salisbury resident was 84.

Mrs. Middleton worked briefly as a cosmetologist in Baltimore before her 1935 marriage to James Thomas Middleton, a former Baltimore police officer.

A longtime resident of Northeast Baltimore, she moved to Rock Hall in 1983 and later Salisbury. For years, she was an active member of Gatch Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore and also served as matron of the Bethel Chapter No. 71, Order of the Eastern Star. She also was a member of the Rock Hall United Methodist Church.

The former Theresa Mae Morgan was born in Baltimore and raised in Rock Hall, where she graduated from high school.

Services were private.

Mrs. Middleton is survived by her husband, who lives at the Laurel, Del., home of his grandson; two sons, James A. Middleton of Lynchburg, Va., and John Thomas Middleton Sr. of Salisbury; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 577, Rock Hall 21661.

Pub Date: 9/07/99

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