They were all there to honor Shipley Rose Buckner, who lost her life in a tragic car accident three years ago.
After a dedication prayer, Headmaster Scott Wilson spoke about Shipley’s ability to brighten each day with her energy and enthusiasm.
Wilson said, “Shipley’s Grove will be a sacred place on Baylor’s campus, and used for many years to come as a living memorial to Shipley.”
Wilson also thanked Amy and Richard Banks for their generous gift, and the Ralph Buckner Foundation for the gift of a full scholarship for a Bradley County student to attend Baylor.
The Bankses donated 18 yellow maple trees that have been planted in “Shipley’s Grove.”
Amy Banks, a longtime friend of the Buckners, and her husband chose the maples for a very specific reason.
Amy explained, “Through my work on the Cleveland Shade Tree Board, Richard and I felt donating the yellow maples would be a fitting way to memorialize Shipley, as you know yellow was her favorite color.”
The Buckner family appreciates the effort that went into the creation of Shipley’s Grove.
Ralph Buckner, Shipley’s father, said, “There is not a day that goes by that our family does not think about Shipley. It still seems like a bad dream. However, life goes on and with the help of God, our family and friends we move forward. We are so appreciative of Baylor, the Bankses, and all of Shipley’s friends who continue to remember Shipley each day.”
Walking through Shipley’s Grove, a landscaped area is found with a memorial rock “Dedicated to the memory of Shipley Rose Buckner, Class of 2010, 3/13/92 to 5/9/2010.”