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Opal Marie Shipley


Funeral services for Opal Marie Shipley, 92, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 28, 2021 at Ball Church of Christ, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mrs. Shipley passed away at 3:05 p.m., Monday, June 21, 2021, at her home.


She was born January 21, 1929, in Ozark County, Missouri, to James Elmer Claybrook and Mary Inez Rush Claybrook.  On December 23, 1946, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Byron Shipley, who preceded her in death on February 21, 2008.  Mrs. Shipley was a great cook; she enjoyed making quilts , gardening and baking for her family and friends and singing in the Shipley Family Band.  She loved God.  Her family meant everything to her; everyone that knew her loved her.  Mrs. Shipley was a member of Ball Church of Christ.


She is survived by three children, Roberta Klock, Donna Epley and husband, John and Monte Shipley and wife, Susan, all of Dora, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Debbie Cooper and husband, Andy, Vicki Barton and husband, Gene, Jamie Epley and wife, Georgia, Lisa Rodgers and husband, Jimmy, Cheryl Carroll and husband, Scott, Jenny Hambelton, Jaci Robinson and husband, Billy and Brianna Hicks and husband, Jimmy; two step-grandchildren, Drew Dreckman and wife, Jessi and Gina Volkmer and husband, Paul and Cole Barton; eighteen great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and two on the way; one sister, Omega Osborn, Dora, Missouri; and several; nieces and nephews.


Her parents, husband, two brothers, James Lee Claybrook and William Harold Claybrook, one son-in-law, Wally Klock and one brother-in-law, Carl Osborn, preceded her in death.


Visitation will be held from 9:30 until 10:00 a.m., Monday, at Ball Church of Christ.  Burial will be in the Ball Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Ball Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at