September 9, 1945 – May 19, 2020
Born September 9, 1945 in Dallas, Texas and went home to meet the Lord on May 19, 2020 at the age of 74 in Mesquite, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents C. E. Gill and Mildred Stein, brother Charles Gill and sister Martha Lundgren. Joanne is survived by her loving and faithful husband of 57 years Gene Shipp, son Daryl Shipp, daughter Jennifer Rogers, son Brett Shipp, 2 grandchildren Riley and Rhett, brother Eddie Gill, sister Janice Holtberg and her church family at Redeemer Bible Church.
A Memorial Service will be 1 PM Tuesday May 26, 2020 in the Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kent Bernard officiating.
In Lieu of flowers please make donations to Redeemer Bible Church in Memory of Joanne Shipp https://www.redeemerbiblechurch.org/
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
May 25, 2020
Mom was the person that kept the family close. She made the calls, sent the letters, and kept up our small family traditions going even we seemed too busy. I always heard about my brothers and sisters adventures through her. I remember being annoyed that she would call me very early in the morning because she had heard that there was a mud slide, earthquake or forest fire in California - I'm pretty sure she understood that Los Angeles was hundreds of miles from Sacramento. It was just a pretext to call me and I would give anything for that phone call today.
Don't ask me her birthday. I have a legendary problem with remembering any dates. But, I do remember the things she loved: Along with my dad, she made Christmas, her favorite holiday, magical. She loved animals. She understood that they were conscious, created by god, and that they could love and be loved. She loved old black and white monster movies: Godzilla, Dracula, Frankenstein (to name a few).
On Saturdays, I remember sitting in the den with her and watching those shows while she clipped grocery coupons. She was an expert at saving money on groceries and would go to several stores. I always grew pretty frustrated when we would go to more than one store; but, she knew where the deals were.
She would also spend time practicing to sing for church services, During car rides, or on Saturdays while at home, she would fill those spaces with her beautiful voice. Sometimes, it seems like I can still hear her.
I was a pretty wild child who required patience and training to focus my attention. She helped me with that in many small ways. When she saw that I had a passion for reading, she made sure to get me to libraries and book stores. When she saw the covers of the books I was reading (SciFi/Fantasy) she would frown. She didn't like some of the covers; but, she bought them for me anyway.
This doesn't even scratch the surface. I knew the love of my mother and the world is a shade darker without her.
May 25, 2020
I fell in love with Joanne when she was 15 and I was 17. We were married two years later. Her father had to sign for us to get married. We walked together 57 years. Now she walks with Jesus in glory. As much as I loved Joanne, God loved her more. He allowed me to have a life with her. Joanne would always say we were best friends. She was a fine Christian lady, a gracious wife, a loving mother. She was indeed my best friend.
Sue Latta Panter
May 24, 2020
I lived across the street in Dallas in 1962
From the Gill family. Little sis Janice was my best friend. Big sis Joann and big brother were always so nice to me. I thought the world of the family, including Dad, and think of them often. So sorry to hear of Joann’s passing. Your family are in my prayers. May God grant you peace during this difficult time.
Jan I would love to hear from you.
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Beverly Gill Watkins
May 22, 2020
Aunt Joanne was truly one of the good ones, kind and sweet. She was always kind to me and I can’t ever remember her getting mad. Fly high with the angels.
May 22, 2020
My mother was a true saint. If you had asked anybody, even if they didn’t know one another, or were from any walk of life, they would all say the same thing, ‘She was the nicest person I’ve ever met..’. And that was her legacy. The compassion and faith that she displayed her entire life towards the people in hers was profound. Her faith in God was her rock. When mother passed it left empty spaces in our hearts forever, but our comfort lies in knowing that her soul returned to heaven next to the Lord.....where she belongs. I’ve truly had a loss for words since she passed..but while she may be gone from this earth, Her love remains infinite with her family.
May 22, 2020
Aunt Joanne was the sweetest most loving, and kind aunt. As a child I got to stay with her on occasion. We had so much fun together. She gave great advice and preached to me about being a good girl and staying away from drugs. Aunt Joanne took me to the store to buy my first record "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Her sweet little voice with love and affection towards me was so appreciated. Prayers and Blessings to my Uncle Gene. I know your heart is aching for the loss of your beautiful wife. Huge Hugs Uncle Gene.