Cathy Shipley, 49, Taught Second-Graders at Central and Davey Elementary Schools

She received the 2011 Dr. Emilio D. Ferrara Community Service Award from the Kent City Schools.

During her 24-year career with the , Cathy Shipley taught second-graders at and elementary schools, volunteered as a peer coach and mentored new teachers.

Earlier this year, Shipley received the 2011 Dr. Emilio D. Ferrara Community Service Award from the school district.

The Kent resident retired from teaching shortly after being diagnosed as having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in June 2009.

She died of complications from the disease Tuesday, Sept. 20, at age 49.

Shipley was born Catherine Mary Huscroft on Jan. 18, 1962.

She graduated from .

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, David; son, David; daughters, Catie and Ellen; parents, Bobbie and Whitey Huscroft of Stow; and siblings Mike of Phoenix, AZ, Mark (Sarah) of Silver Lake, Jim (Mary) of Carmel, IN, John (Cyndi) of Mesa, AZ, Rick and Maureen of Kent and Barb (Gene) of Suffolk, VA. Her brother, Tom, is deceased.

Calling hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at , 3179 Kent Road, Stow, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Donations may be made to Kelly Reeves Memorial Foundation, c/o 511 N. River Road, Munroe Falls, OH 44262; ALS Association, Northern Ohio Chapter, 2500 East 22nd St., Suite 102, Cleveland, OH 44115; or Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Arrangements are by .

Rebekah Cotton September 22, 2011 at 01:12 PM
She was a beloved teacher, inspiring students and parents alike. Our hearts go out to her family.


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