Martha Ann Shipp Boone Richardson, 78, passed away on May 31, 2020 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Her smile would light a room. Her quick wit and engaging personality were infectious. She never met a stranger. Martha was an early Christmas present to Jesse and Geneva Shipp when she was born at their family farm near Star Mills, Kentucky on December 23, 1941. She continued to be a gift to her family and friends throughout her lifetime.
As a youngster, she loved riding horses, showing Angus cattle and Hampshire hogs at the county fair. She always had a soft heart for all animals and would cry at the sight of road kill. Attending Glendale High School, she was the captain of the cheerleading squad and a leader in all school activities. She was Miss Hardin County, Miss Kentucky and "Miss Everything" at the Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament held in Lexington in 1960. She was voted "friendliest" by her classmates, an officer in 4-H and won numerous county, state, and national awards for her sewing expertise. Martha attended the University of Kentucky majoring in home economics.
While working for the Kentucky State Police, she met and married Norman Boone. Through the years, they lived and worked in Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Hendersonville, TN. She was devoted to her three children, Darryl, Greg, and Susan. She always had time to play with them, she was "an eternal kid at heart".
In her most recent years she resided in Hendersonville, TN spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved her family gatherings. While attending Indian Lake Peninsula Church she met a very special friend, Bob Brown and enjoyed many adventures together.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents and former spouses, Norman Boone and Roger Richardson. She is survived by her beloved two sons, Darryl Boone (Karen) of Hendersonville, TN; Greg Boone (Stacy) of Pagosa Springs, CO; her precious daughter, Susan Callis (Bryan) of Hendersonville, TN; grandchildren, Casey Semeniuk (Steven), Derek Boone (Kelly), Kelsey Socaciu (Flav), Greg Alan Boone (Celeste), Will Callis, and Kendall Boone; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Emma, Claire, and Cooper; brother, Jesse Howard Shipp (Willie Jean) of Glendale, KY; and a sister, Betty Lou Williams (Don) of The Villages, FL.
Gathering of Family & Friends will be held Friday, June 12, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at Indian Lake Peninsula Church.
For her love of animals in lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Safe Place for Animals, 905 Mallard Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066.
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