Mary Tipton, 63

Mary Kathryn (Miller) Tipton, of Albion, passed away at 11:53 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at Parkview Noble in Kendallville, at the age of 63.

Mary was born on Feb. 27, 1953, in Wabash.

She grew up in Wabash, Indiana and spent her summers on Lake Tippecanoe in Leesburg.

Mary attended Wabash High School. Following high school, she attended and graduated from Manchester College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Ball State University.

On Aug. 31, 1979, she married Stanley M. Tipton at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Syracuse. They were married for 37 years.

Mary spent her entire career as a high school and middle school teacher in the Central Noble School Corporation. During her long Central Noble tenure she coached girls track, volleyball and cheerleading. Despite the countless fond memories made in the extracurricular activities her favorite part was simply spending time in the classroom with her students. She retired in June 2016 after 39 wonderful years of education.

Mary was a devout Catholic and dedicated member of Blessed Sacrament Parrish in Albion,  where all of her children were baptized and confirmed Catholics. She enjoyed giving swimming lessons to the community children. Mary always looked forward to her summers skiing and taking pontoon rides on Lake Tippecanoe and Upper Long Lake while finding time for the Tipton garden outside Albion.

Her greatest joys were the relationships she shared with her husband, children and family. She was an extremely proud Ball State University and Indiana University fan, where her children attended college.

Her surviving relatives include her husband, Stan Tipton, of Albion; their children Ben Tipton and his wife Brittany Tipton, of Indianapolis; Jay Tipton of Los Angeles, Calif.; Maggie Tipton also of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Colin Tipton of Indianapolis; her sister Jane Marteeny and her husband, Donald Marteeny, of Holly, Michigan; and her mother-in-law Gwen Tipton of Kendallville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard “Dick” Miller and Mary Jane Miller; and her father-in-law John Tipton.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, from 2-6 p.m. at the Albion Elementary Auxiliary Gym. There was a Rosary service Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at noon at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to service.

Memorials are to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Harper Funeral Home in Albion is in charge of arrangements.

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Posted on 2016 Aug 11