Hope Shull: A Life Celebrated
Freed-Hardeman University Library Director Hope Shull died March 10, 2013, following an extended battle with ovarian cancer. Her life was celebrated with a service March 16 at the Henderson Church of Christ. The program had been planned and the participants chosen by Hope herself.
She began her “life’s career” in 1985 when she starting working in the FHU development office as an administrative assistant. When she became a faculty librarian in 1993, Hope truly found her niche. She loved the library; her co-librarians and staff were an extended family and she counted it a blessing to work with FHU students.
But she was more than a librarian. For 18 years, she directed the girls’ program for Horizons. She and her husband Donald sponsored Sigma Rho for approximately 15 years. For several years, she purchased, planted and watered the plants on Main Street. She was a dedicated runner who enjoyed running in area races supporting local causes. Most recently, she had adopted the HOPE project, an effort to feed children. A run in Hope’s honor was held this spring to raise funds for this project.
Hope is survived by her husband Donald; two sons and their wives, Allen and Leah and Will and Allison; two grandchildren, Clara Elizabeth and Philip Edward; her parents, Allen and Marie Barber; three sisters: Faith Barber, Leisa Love Perry and Joy Allen Barber; and nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Donald and Hope Shull Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman.
A loving tribute to a special woman. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She leaves an empty spot in our lives but our memories linger on. She was her daddy's hero.
Hope epitomized her name in so many ways. Not only did she live and die in the hope of Jesus Christ, she also brought hope to everyone she encountered with her zeal for life and genuine concern for everyone she met. A life well-lived indeed.
I met Hope the first time at her parents house, when they were working with the church in Lansing and my parents were working with the church in Mount Pleasant. We attended Michigan Christian together. One of my fondest memories of her was, when she would come around all the guys would sing to her "She's got high hopes" I don't know if it embarrassed her. I hope it made her feel loved. All my love to Allan and Marie. and especially to Don.