TRACY, Calif.—Shirley Shimp, a pastor’s wife, died Jan. 19. She was 87.
In 1956 Shirley graduated from the night school of Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, earning a teaching certificate. That year, on Sept. 1, she married her husband, David, and began serving as a pastor’s wife. She and David ministered at Stanleyville Community Church, Whipple, Ohio, for three years; Fairfield Baptist Church, Thurston, Ohio, for three years; and Litchfield (Ohio) Baptist Church for 53 years. In addition to ministering as a pastor’s wife, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and served in the Willing Hands ladies’ missionary group.
In 2016 she and David retired and moved to Tracy, California, to be with their family. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church in Tracy, where her son-in-law, Timothy Heinrich, is pastor and where she served on the missions team.
She is survived by her husband, David; their daughter, Susan Heinrich; and four granddaughters.