Laurie Anne (Johnson) Shipley passed away at home June 8, 2013 in Lincoln City, Ore., while in hospice care. She had struggled for 10 months with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas which was inoperable when discovered. She was buried with a small family gathering at graveside in Ashland, Ore. June 15, 2013. Born June 8, 1937, she was the daughter of William H. Johnson and Ella G. Johnson, at that time residents of Minot, N.D. Bill Johnson was then managing editor of the Minot Daily News and Ella taught elementary school and was a principal at Lincoln School. Laurie's older brother, William R. Johnson died in 1989; she is survived by John M. Johnson, of Oregon City, Ore.,and Nancy J. Mueller, of Falls Church, Va.; her husband, Glen S. Shipley, of Lincoln City, Ore.; and sons, Matthew J. Shipley, of Medford, Ore. and Glen C. Shipley, of Beaverton, Ore.
Laurie had interests in music and was an apt student, graduating as valedictorian from Minot Model High School in 1955. She inherited an avid interest in politics, devouring news in whatever form was presented. She chose medical technology as an occupation and left Minot in 1957 after attending Minot State Teacher's College to study in Portland, Ore. While in training at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland she met her future husband, Glen, who was a medical student working part-time at that hospital. They worked together for two years before Glen saw the light and asked her to be his wife. She offered no opposition to the proposal and they were married at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church June 14, 1959, two days after he graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University.
Laurie was employed as a medical technologist during the early years of her marriage, but her employment was interrupted by Glen's assignments in various hospitals as an intern and resident. After Glen completed training they lived in Denver, Colo. and moved to Ashland, Ore., in 1973. While there, Laurie completed her college education and obtained a bachelor's degree at Southern Oregon University. She was active in local politics in Ashland, campaigning for various office seekers; was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels; played golf with a ladies group; and was a member of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Southern Oregon.
Laurie and Glen chose to retire in Lincoln City, Ore. in 1998. They discovered travel after a trip to Malaysia where their son, Glen Curtis, was married. Thereafter they traveled extensively to many countries in Europe, India, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Their favorite place to vacation, however, remained the U.S. A yearly camping trip to Glacier National Park became mandatory. Last visit was to Lake Kintla, in northern Glacier National Park, in August of 2012.
The family requests donations be made to Pan Can, an organization supporting research on pancreatic cancer. The internet address is: