A funeral service for Natalie N. Shipman, 86, of Corwith, will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corwith with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, November 30, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Corwith. Burial will be at 11:30 AM on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Corwith Cemetery .
In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Corwith.
Natalie Nadine (Tindall) Shipman was born August 16, 1932 in Carbon, near Corning, Iowa. The family moved to the Corwith area in 1942. She was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, in LuVerne, Iowa.
Natalie was Miss Corwith in 1949. She graduated from Corwith High School in 1950, and attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa. She was employed by the Corwith State Bank. On May 16th, 1954, she married Bob Shipman, at Zion Lutheran Church in LuVerne. They lived on a farm near Corwith and had five children. Natalie was employed part time at Wagner's Grocery Store in Corwith, and in the Corwith Hardware store, owned by her parents. She also worked for Pat Waltman making cornhusk dolls and flowers.
Besides being a devoted wife and mother, Natalie was a multi-talented lady. She was known for her cooking and baking skills, especially her apple pie and potato salad. She was a master gardener and canned many fruits and vegetables, and her freezer was full of food to share with her family. Her flower beds made the farm a showplace, and she took great pride in them. Her favorite pets most recently, were a dog named Lily, and a Siamese Cat, Sammy, who kept her company the past three years.
Natalie had a potter's wheel and kiln in the basement, and enjoyed making pottery as a hobby, giving some away as gifts, and selling some in stores around the state. Natalie was a seamstress, and made clothes for her children, grandchildren, and did alterations for family and friends.
Natalie was the one to call to make reservations for the Corwith Alumni Dinner on Memorial Day. She was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Corwith. She belonged to the Esther circle, had served on church council and assorted committees, sang in the choir, and was a Sunday school teacher many, many years. Her faith was an inspiration to her family. Natalie lived for the holidays and was proud to have the family all together in church on Christmas Eve. Anyone who knew Natalie, knew her love of angels. Angels are everywhere in her home and yard, and she always wore an angel pin or necklace, as a symbol of peace, joy, strength, and love.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Mark Shipman of Corwith, Tom Shipman of St. Benedict, Roberta (Dwight) Widen of Latimer, Iowa, Rebecca (Tom) Poe of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Eloise "Eller" Shipman, Corwith. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a brother, Duane (Corwith), sisters-in-law Bev Tindall (Clear Lake), and Betty Shipman (Corwith), and many nieces and nephews.
Natalie was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, a son, Timothy; her parents, James and Edna Tindall, two brothers, James Tindall Junior, and Oscar Tindall.
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Our condolences to the Shipman family. I am deeply saddened to learn of Natalie's passing. She was a dear friend starting from the days she and Bob were my classmates at the Corwith School. Natalie's fun-loving upbeat outlook, warm smile, ready laughter and kindly nature will remain in my memories of her. Carol and Jerry Nordquist
Our sincere sympathy for your family's loss!!! What a wonderful woman and nothing she couldn't do and that smile!! Hugs and love to the family!! Clint and Wendy and Family!
Mark, Tom, Roberta, Becky and family your Mother and Grandmother was truly a unique and wonderful woman. Her smile and laughter was so uplifting and boy could she cook and bake up a storm. She once baked me a cake with a 12 pack of Bud inside! I can still hear her laugh and of course I had to share the beer with Bob. She was definitely one of a kind. My sincerest condolences to you all.
I will always remember Aunt Natalie for pleasant smile. David Tindall
Our condolences go out to the Shipman family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Andy and Geralyn Reising.
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Thoughts and prayers are with the Shipman family. I enjoyed the years of knowing Natalie, she was a very caring and sincere person! Always had time for a visit, was a great Sunday School teacher, both of my kids loved having Natalie for their teacher, we still have the cups and bowls she made with the kids in Sunday school! She will be missed
Dear Mark, Tom, Roberta, Becky, Eller and all,
You have my sincerest wishes of sympathy for the sudden loss of Natalie. She was a very special woman, one of a kind really. And such community advocate for the small town of Corwith over the years. I have many memories of Natalie's joyful smile. And I still have one of her great bowls with her signature on the bottom. I purchased it somewhere at a crafts store in central Iowa perhaps 20 years ago and and I still use it to this day. It will always serve as a great reminder for a really great woman.
Having many special memories of her it is difficult to pick just one. She was always busy helping or doing things for others. Her kindness was never ending to many. Always welcomed in her home and had a open ear for your concerns with a warm smile and open arms. She will be missed by many but her memories will live on with her friends and family for many years to come. May God be with all of her family. Am so sorry for your loss.
My thoughts are with the entire Shipman family today. Natalie was such a vibrant person. I have such fond memories of her. That mischievios smile, that chuckle, her endless amount of energy when volunteering at community and school events. Her sincerity and thoughfulness were felt by so many.
Mark, Tom & family, my deepest condolences on your loss. Rest assured that I am lifting you up in prayer for strength, comfort, and peace during this time and the days ahead. Lots of memories flood my mind when I think of the Shipman Family. Good memories that I use to give me a smile and great joy. Blessings to you and your family. Keep looking up. Until we meet again!
Your mother was always had a good word and interested in what going with and more so for my Shipman boys. May the good Lord bless and keep her.
My sincerest condolences to the Shipman family. We have fond memories of her and her family. Natalie was a beautiful person inside and out. Her smile could light up the room. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Jeff and family I am praying for you all. So very sorry for your loss.
What a loving and giving soul to everyone she met. Having grown up with her kids as cousins, attending St. John's, and the many school and community activities there are many great memories of her! She is in the arms of Jesus and content to meet those that have gone before her. She leaves a legacy of giving and living for her dear family. May it comfort all of you to know how much she loved you and loves you still. Lean on Him and each other in this time of sorrow and know that you are wished lots of love from those who care!!!! Sara Shipman Earp
Became friends with Natalies Boys Mark and Tom some 40 years ago. Had the pleasure of meeting her in those years and was sure I had met someone special. I'd like to think it was meant to be and in the years ahead I know God gave me the friendship we had. She enjoyed like more than ever and boy she could cook. In the last few years our meetings were few and far between but we could always carry on a conversation. I am sure she will be missed! Godspeed Natalie!
My sincere sympathy to the Shipman family. Natalie was one of a kind, always keeping family first. She was so giving and always made you feel great just listening to her laugh and watching the twinkle in her eyes. Julie Richter
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