Sarah Jane Shipley

December 5, 1951October 13, 2020

Sarah Jane Shipley, 68, of Bloomington passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home surrounded by family. She was born December 5, 1951 to Richard R. and Holley (Adair) Randolph in Lincoln, IL. She married Marty Shipley on June 26, 1982 in Normal. He survives. She is also survived by her daughter Jenny (Mike Belki) Cheek of Washington D.C., granddaughter Matilda Belki; sisters Laura Baue (Charles) of Bloomington and Ruth Gordon (Glenn) of Atlanta, IL.; and numerous family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother David, and son-in-law Michael McAbee. A graduate of Atlanta High School and Illinois State University, Sarah worked in the insurance industry for more than 45 years, primarily for State Farm where she was an IT professional until her 2014 retirement. She was also a dedicated fitness instructor, who loved sharing aerobics, Zumba, Pilates and more with countless students over the years. Her most treasured role was being “Yaya” to her beloved granddaughter. Cremation rites have been accorded; East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomington Public Library, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, or the Community Cancer Center Foundation.


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Terry & Mary Miller

October 19, 2020

Marty, we were sadden to hear your loss of Sarah. She was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed by all that were lucky enough to know her. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Terry & Mary Miller

Michael Shipley

October 16, 2020

Marty,I remember years and years ago you told me you had met someone you were serious about .I didn't know who at that time but it must have been Sarah just remember all the great times you had with her who you Loved dearly. She was a special person and you were lucky to have had her in your life. And do were we.

Laurie Zamudio

October 16, 2020

Sarah and I were in training together more than 25 years ago. I can still hear her sweet and supportive voice as she tried not to be too motherly to her younger peer. What really stuck with me about her was her deep love for her family... Especially Marty. It was beautiful and inspiring. My heart breaks for her family's loss. Rest well Sarah.

Melinda Tolan

October 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of Sarah’s passing. She was such a genuinely nice and loving person. I have many good memories of her. My sympathies to Marty and her entire family.

Gina McDannold

October 15, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Sarah’s death. We are praying for you and your family, Marty!

Gina and Randy McDannold

Kellie Franks

October 15, 2020

I am saddened to hear the news of Sarah’s passing. Sarah was a great friend and mentor to me as I began my journey in teaching Pilates over 10 years ago. I always had so much respect and love for Sarah. She will be greatly missed. Sending love, light and comfort to her family during this time. Much love Kellie!

Sherry & Mark Cottone

October 15, 2020

Sarah and Marty were our neighbors in our very first home, and they were fun, down-to-earth people! Sarah was always so sweet and caring, and she loved Marty and Jenny so much! I remember after her granddaughter was born how crazy about her she was! We will miss her, and are praying for the family as they grieve.

Delores McCauley

October 14, 2020

I am so saddened by Sarah Jane’s passing. Sarah always had a smile on her face and she was a very special cousin. In our later years I felt we both shared a special passion for physical fitness hers being Pilates and mine Yoga. She will be missed. Love to all her family. Cousin Dee

Gaylene Bretherton

October 13, 2020

Condolences to you all.....
Michael and Gaylene Bretherton


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