Longtime Brookings resident Sandra Harper-Shipman passed away Dec. 12, 2017, in Santa Cruz, California. Born in Southern Oregon and raised in Southern California, Sandy was a talented singer, musician and artist from a young age.
As a homemaker who helped raise Leslie and Rich, she used her artistic talents to bring in extra funds for the family and create unique and personal gifts for the holidays.
She started a Camp Fire Girls group with soon-to-be well-loved neighbor Leah Segal, and participated in her church as a lector, Eucharistic minister and musician. She and her husband Rich also started the Stephen Ministry there, to help those struggling with difficult times in their lives.
After moving to Oregon to help her ailing parents, Sandy continued to help those in need, taking classes to become a Reiki master and hypnotherapist. She worked with beloved friend Diane Cavaness on the Relay for Life in Brookings, and enjoyed singing at the holidays with cherished friend Mary Matlock. She shared her artistic gifts both on stage and off — acting, directing, designing sets and performing music with the Chetco Pelican Players.
After her divorce, Sandy later remarried Ray Shipman. They enjoyed providing music at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church her parents helped build in Brookings.
Ray took good care of her as her lung disease progressed. They moved to the Santa Cruz area to be closer to his family and medical facilities.
Sandy is survived by her husband Ray Shipman; daughter Leslie A. Harper and son Rich W. Harper; step-children Lisa and Gene Nite and Jeff Shipman; daughter-in-law Diane Harper; grandchildren Kyle, Trent, Sadie, Leila and Anton; great-granddaughter Brooke; and nephews Marc and Matt.
A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church at 401 Fir St. in Brookings.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and the American Lung Association.
Submitted by Santa Cruz Memorial Chapel.