Mar­ion Ship­man Barnes

Aug 30, 1922 Sept 5, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA -

What would have been a fourth gen­er­a­tion Cal­i­for­nian hit a small speed bump when Mar­ion Ship­man was born on Au­gust 30th, 1922, while her mother, Florence Ship­man was ac­com­pa­ny­ing her hus­band “Bud” (John) on a sales trip to Ore­gon. She was raised above Lake Merritt, grad­u­ated from Oak­land High School, and went on to Stan­ford Univer­sity. In 1942, while out with friends, was in­tro­duced to a dash­ing first lieu­tenant who was pass­ing through the Oak­land Army Base on his way over­seas named Jerry Barnes. They fell in­stantly in love, and Jerry pro­posed to her be­fore the evening was done. Mar­ried at the Wars end, the new­ly­weds set­tled in Oak­land where they re­mained their en­tire life, rais­ing a fam­ily that even­tu­ally in­cluded four chil­dren, (Jef­fery, Stephen, Les­lie, and David), twelve grand­chil­dren (Todd, Matthew, Denise, Christy, Jenny, Tyler, Jenna, Mcken­zie, Shana, Lind­say, Zack, and Han­nah), and at last count 22 great grand­chil­dren (I’m not even go­ing to try!)

Mar­ion’s roll in life was mother and grand­mother, and there was none bet­ter. She was con­stantly ac­tive with her chil­dren’s schools, volunteeri­ng with PTA and other projects, and when her chil­dren grew up, she chan­neled that de­sire to give as a floor helper at what was then Merritt Hos­pi­tal, where she vol­un­teered for over 20 years. She loved to travel, and meet new peo­ple along the way, gain­ing life­long friends and mem­o­ries. She was a spe­cial friend to her two cats, Frankie and Dino, and an oc­ca­sional squir­rel, al­ways at her back door look­ing for an ever ready peanut.

Pre­ceded in death by Jerry in 2004, she re­mained in her Pied­mont Pines home of over 60 years un­til the fi­nal weeks of her life. A spe­cial thanks to her care­giver for the past six years Christina, and the car­ing staff of Lafayette Gar­dens for their lov­ing at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially in her fi­nal weeks. Mar­ion chose not to have her re­mains placed in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery with Jerry, but in­stead will join her mother at Chapel of the Chimes. A home town girl un­til the end! A memo­rial ser­vice is planned some­time in the fu­ture. Should you de­sire, a do­na­tion can be made in her name to the Best Friends An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary in Utah.

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