Trudy Shipley

October 2, 1934August 7, 2018

Trudy (Torborg Hegelstad) Shipley, a much beloved matriarch and the anchor of our family passed away suddenly from metastatic colon cancer on Tuesday, August 7,2018 at the age of 83.

Trudy was born near the fjØrds of Stavanger, Norway on October 2nd, 1934. She was the third child in a family of six. She grew up on a farm where she learned the value of hard work and devotion to her family. She endured the German occupation of Norway during WWII and learned to be resourceful and strong as a result. Following her graduation from high school, she attended business school in Stavanger and then immigrated to America where she met and fell in love with her husband Keith D. Shipley (deceased). They were married for forty years.

She worked for many years in retail where she gained a reputation as an excellent manager and salesperson. Trudy took up marathon (26K) running after retirement at the age of 62, competing locally and in states across the country. She ran with a wonderful group of friends and always remembered this time with great fondness. Trudy continued running marathons until she was nearly 80, at which time she began power walking. Trudy also had a passion for traveling and learning about the world, which made her a very interesting companion and friend.

Trudy will tell you, if she had the chance, that her most noteworthy accomplishment was raising her four children. She poured her love into each child and instilled in them a sense of confidence, dedication, and a desire to do good. She taught them the importance of both a good education and a good character, and she tirelessly supported them through good times and bad. She is deeply loved and respected by her children and now her grandchildren and great grandchildren. We will carry her example, love, and confidence throughout our lives.

Trudy is survived by four siblings (Ingrid, Ove, Einar Hegelstad, Judy Bullough Lawrence), four children, Ellen (David Knell), Lisa (Thomas Brown), Annie Brazell (David Winters), and Eric (Stephanie Shipley), 14 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, her sister Olaug, her husband Keith, and her granddaughter Erica.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Wasatch Lawn chapel located at 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. Visitations will be held from 10:00-10:45 am prior to the funeral. Internment at Wasatch Lawn immediately following


  • Ellen (David) Knell, Daughter
  • Lisa (Thomas) Brown, Daughter
  • Annie (David Winters) Brazell, Daughter
  • Eric (Stephanie) Shipley, Son
  • Trudy is also survived by many family members and friends who will cherish her memory.

  • Robert Brown, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Brown, Pallbearer
  • Tyson Brazell, Pallbearer
  • Michael Brazell, Pallbearer
  • Benjamin Munson, Pallbearer
  • Jeffrey Shipley, Pallbearer
  • Michael Shipley, Pallbearer
  • Ove Hegelstad, Pallbearer
  • Judith Bullough Lawrence, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Knell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Thomas Brown, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Stephanie Shipley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Winters, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Funeral Services Thursday, August 16, 2018

Trudy Shipley

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