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Deborah Ann Shipley

Funeral services for Deborah Ann “Debi” Shipley, 63, Ava, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017 at Ball Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Shipley passed away at 9:48 a.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born December 23, 1953, at Chicago, Illinois, to Rudolph Lawrence Eck and Goldie Inez Delaplain Eck.  Debi was a homemaker and farmer for thirty years; she worked as a sales clerk at Roy’s Store, was manager at Crossroads Store and most recently worked alongside her friend and boss, Shawn Irby at Farm Bureau of Ava.  She was a hard worker and took care of her family.  Debi was instrumental in forming the Dora Fire Department and was a great dispatcher.  Mrs. Shipley was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by four daughters, Lisa Rodgers and husband, Jimmy, Jenny Hambelton and husband, Greg, Jaci Robinson and husband, Billy and Brianna Shipley; the father of her girls, Monte Shipley; nine grandchildren, Misty Blackwelder and husband, Jared, Matt Rodgers and wife, Abby, Treysen Hambelton and special friend, Avery Warren, Ceder Collins, Cassidy Hambelton, Sawyer Fox, Rayne Robinson, Ryder Fox and Jensen Hambelton; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Blackwelder; one sister, Sandra Huckabey and husband, Joseph; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Burial is in the Ball Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Farm Bureau Debi Shipley Scholarship Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at