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Mary E. Shipley, title examiner, dies

Mary Elizabeth Shipley enjoyed annual family outings in Ocean City.
Mary Elizabeth Shipley enjoyed annual family outings in Ocean City.

Mary E. Shipley, a title examiner who enjoyed annual trips to Ocean City, died Oct. 27 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of a heart attack. The Hamilton resident was 75.

Mary Elizabeth Shipley, daughter of Charles Lee Shipley Jr., a Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles field investigator, and his wife, Pearl Mary Shipley, a housewife, was born in Tampa, Florida, while her father was serving in the Army.

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She was raised in Hamilton and attended St. Dominic’s parochial school, graduating in 1963 from Seton High School.

Right after high school, she was recruited by Denhardt and Hromadnik, a law firm in the Munsey Building that later moved to the Bel Air-Edison neighborhood. She worked primarily in real estate settlements and title searches until being named office manager.

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After the firm closed in 1988, she went to work for Advantage Title Inc. in Bel Air as a title examiner and had not retired at her death.

Miss Shipley enjoyed her family’s annual Ocean City vacation and spending time with her siblings, nieces and nephews. “She was a doting aunt,” said her brother, Jack Shipley of Glen Arm.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Marzullo Funeral Chapel in Hamilton.

In addition to her brother, Miss Shipley is survived by two sisters, Dorothea O’Hara of Hamilton and Marguerite Shipley of Carney; four nieces; and two nephews.

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