Shirley J Jipson
March 1, 1929 – May 7, 2019
Shirley Joan (LeVasseur) Jipson, 90, passed away on May 7, 2019. She was born on March 1, 1929 in Old Town, Maine, the daughter of Henry L. LeVasseur and Yvonne J. (Dumond) Cyr. Her 90 year journey began on French Island in Old Town, a close community of relatives, neighbors and friends. Life on the Island during the Depression and World War II was one of a community taking care of each other, the carrying on of family traditions and Church life. In the 1980’s we went on a walking tour with Mom on the Island and she told us the stories of where she lived as a child, the neighbors and who lived in the houses, the swimming on the river, and her Grandmother’s (Marie Odina Landry Levasseur) store. Her brother Henry would tell the story of Mom singing at night when they all went to bed. They would ask her to stop so they could go to sleep. She would stop, wait a few minutes, and then break out in song again. As a young adult, she worked at the Shoe Shop. She participated in a strike at one point, advocating for better pay and benefits. She also worked at the Old Town Bus Stop and at Godin’s Restaurant. In the mid 1950’s, she also sang with the band Bobby Jones and the Bobcats. They usually played at Dow Field and other various venues in the Bangor area. She had a close group of girlfriends and they would go together to as many dances as they could. Roller skating was also a popular activity. She also lived for a time in Miami, Florida with her sister Fran. They both worked for Southern Bell, the telephone company. In 1956 she met her husband, Edward Olson from Boston who was attending the University of Maine, a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. They were married that year. After 17 years of marriage, Mom and her three daughters came back to Maine for a new life. She went back to school to get her High School Diploma, of which her daughters and their friends attended her graduation, standing and clapping when she was handed her diploma. She attended EMVTI (now EMCC) to become a C.N.A. She worked at James Taylor Hospital and retired from The Orono Nursing Home. The favorite part of her job was attending with loving care to the dying residents. She also would bring in her granddaughters and daughter Nancy to play cards and games with the residents at Taylor Hospital. After retiring she did home nursing and Senior Companionship for many years. Mom’s Church life was very active. As a member of Holy Family Parish, she was a Sacristan, a Lector, and a Eucharistic Minister. She also teamed up with her daughter Pam to tend to all the flower gardens at the Church, which she still did last summer. Her unwavering commitment to the gardens at church was something she deeply loved in helping to create a reflection of God’s gift of nature. She will be remembered by all of those she touched as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She is survived by her daughters: Joan (Jon) Wiley of Bath, ME, Pamela (Jeff) Dunphy of Old Town and Nancy (Ray Chavaree) Bartlett of Bangor; grandchildren Julie Wickett, Jen (Adam) Downey, Dan Wickett, Christine (Harrison) Stewart, Joe Dunphy, Cassandra Bartlett and Sam Bartlett; great-grandchildren Ethan Testa, Clover Kelly, Carter O’Clair, Justin Cote, Brandon Appel, Tristan Stewart and Chase Stewart, her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Cora LeVasseur of Georgetown, TX and sister-in-law Rita LeVasseur of Old Town and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Frances MacDonald, brothers Henry LeVasseur and Edward LeVasseur and her loving niece Cheryl LeVasseur. Visitation will be at Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St, Old Town on May 16th from 4 to 7 pm, with the Daughters of Isabella reciting the Rosary at 4:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9AM Friday May, 17th Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Church, 429 Main St. Old Town. Burial will follow at Lawndale Cemetery in Old Town. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please join us in her celebration of life. We send loving thanks to all the nurses and CNA.s for the wonderful, nurturing and professional care she received at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and a special shout out to her “sweetie pie”. If anyone would like to make a donation in her name, you may do so to the Garden Fund at her Parish by mailing it to in the name of: Parish of the Resurrection, Holy Family Garden Fund, 429 Main St, Old Town, Maine 04468.
- Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 17, 2019
Shirley J Jipson
May 12, 2019
Pam , Nancy and family,
My sincere sympathy and prayers are with you. God be with you and your family.
May 11, 2019
I too remember the days she was in the choir with us years ago, the parties at Alice's house. Those were good times. I will miss her. She was always cheerful. She had more energy than someone half her age. Not sure what kept her going. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You
May 11, 2019
Nana was vibrant, fun, and funny. I am beyond lucky I got to know her, and grateful for the time I spent with her - Jen’s bachelorette weekend and taking her out to dinner with Julie are two standout memories. All my love to her family.
May 10, 2019
Shirley was a great lady that loved and was/is loved. We had so many good times singing in the choir together. The choir parties that we had you could always tell when Shirley got there, her laughter gave her away. The laughter and the singing around the piano at Alices’s house. When she found out that I too grew up on French Island, she figured out that we were cousins. Shirley always had a smile for everyone. I am going to miss you dearly. My condolences to all of Shirley’s family. Our prayers are with you.
May 10, 2019
Our condolences to the family. I will always remember her laugh and great big smile. When we were neighbors at Pembroke Drive her and my mom would sun bathe out back and laugh quite a bit. I would hear her and my mom playing aggravation after us "kiddos" were in bed. You always knew Shirley was visiting even before you saw her, her laughter gave her away!! I "bumped" into her a couple times years ago and she never seemed to change... always had a smile and a little memory to share. Shirley was a crazy (in a good way) lady and I know she is going to be missed. Love, Melanie (Boucher) Davis
May 10, 2019
I will always remember Aunt Shirley's laugh, calling people "Dahlin' " and seeing the glint of fun mischief in her eye. She had the ability to make me laugh until I cried. Aunt Shirley will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss and am sending you love in this time of grief.