Celia Ellen Shapland
A Celebration of Life for Celia Ellen Shapland, 58, of Champaign, will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Shoemaker officiating.
Ms. Shapland died at 4:55 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
She was born Nov. 27, 1955, in Urbana, a daughter of Helen and John Shapland. They preceded her in death.
Celia married Martin Beberman on July 15, 1989 in Champaign. He survives.
Also surviving is a daughter, Alice Clare Beberman of Champaign; a son, Henry Beberman of Portland, OR; one brother, David Shapland of Las Vegas, NV; and four sisters, Clare Haussermann of Champaign; Lois Pelczar of Searsport, ME; Mary Dauffenbach of Norman, OK; and Anne Shapland Kearns of Champaign.
Ms. Shapland was a graduate of University High School. She had a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in journalism from Iowa State University.
She was employed at the University of Illinois Press and is credited as the compositor of over one hundred quality books. As a volunteer she composed the Illinois Heritage Association newsletter.
Memorial contributions in Ms. Shapland’s name may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, radio station WEFT, Heifer International, or online jazz radio station KCSM.
Celia loved word puzzles of all types and did them with aplomb. She was a fabulous cook who also enjoyed well-written drama, poetry, and jazz. She raised two talented children of whom she was very proud.
She was loved dearly by her family and so many others. She will be missed.
What a wonderful life she lived. To all the families how lucky for all of you that you all shared so many years together.