Mary Frances Tipton

October 18, 1926 ‒ November 10, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Mary Frances Tipton, 92 of Delaware formerly of Wheelersburg, Ohio passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Grady Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born October 18, 1926 in Ashland, Kentucky the daughter of the late Jacob Jackson & Allie (Leslie) Leibee. Mary worked in the accounts payable department for Marting’s Department Store, Portsmouth, Ohio for 20 years. She attended and was a member of the Wheelersburg United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir. She was also a part of the “Mother Singers” in Portsmouth, Ohio, and sang in the Willow Brook Singers group.

Left to cherish her memory are children  Janis D. (Richard) Ames of Murray, Kentucky, and Cathy (Jerry) Amato of Columbus, Ohio, Joseph Tipton of Lacey, Washington, Charles (Billey Jo) Tipton of Vancouver, Washington; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; nephews Ed, Gary, Ronnie, and Paul.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur Leo Tipton in 2005; brothers David F. Leibee, and James M. Leibee; sister Edmona Ramey.

Mary had a passion for music, whether it was singing along to a gospel song or performing a duet with her kids. She was gifted with playing the piano and playing the organ. She also enjoyed just sitting and listening to hymns in her younger years. Mary also was known for being a wonderful cook, spending time with her family during gatherings, and holidays. Her family will remember her as the kind, caring, and compassionate person that she was.

Mary’s family would like to express their warmest appreciation to the staff of Willow Brook for the wonderful care, compassion, and experience over the last 10 years of Mary’s life .

A small celebration of life gathering to honor Mary will be held 2:30 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Willow Brook Christian Village, 100 Willow Brook Way South, Delaware, Ohio

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards Willow Brook Christian Village,100 Willow Brook Way South, Delaware, Ohio 43015, or Ohio Health Hospice, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, or Grady Memorial Hospital 561 W Central Ave, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the family with arrangements

  • Oh Chuck your mother was a sweet heart always had a smile on her face all of you was blessed to have her for a mother …

  • Cathy, and all the Tipton family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a very special woman to so many of us. And Cathy, you were so wonderful to her in her later years. Please know that my thoughts are will you at this difficult time.

  • To Jan, Cathy, Joe, and Chuck,
    I often find myself thinking of you all as more Brothers and Sisters than my cousins. We have all suffered the loss of loved ones, and this loss is particularly difficult for everybody.
    Mary was a special person and she was so full of compassion, caring, and understanding. She seemed to accept life’s trials and tribulations as something we all must endure. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She helped everyone with their difficult times, and she sincerely strove to make life better for everyone.

  • Cathy & Family,

    I’m so sorry to read about the loss of your mother. She was truly a gentle and forgiving soul. Take peace that she will be greeted with open arms of the savior. Oh what a day that will be.

  • Your mom was the best. I’ll never forget her laugh. It was joyful and made everyone smile. She was a kind and good woman!

  • Eddie, thank you so much for your comments and love of mom . She was a great mom and we’ll miss her greatly!

  • I only had the privilege to meet your mother once, but could sense her sweet spirit. I am Ruth Ann Tabor’s sister and the niece of the late Howard and Stella Dorman. My sister, aunt and uncle always had the warmest sincere things to always say about your mom. I believe from the testimony she lived she touched many lives. May you live with the kindred spirit she shared. My thoughts and prayers, Diane Harrell

  • Jan, Cathy, Joe and Chuck

    I am so sorry and sad to hear about Mary. Being at your home a lot, you guys became like family. Mary was such a great mother and even now I can remember being in the kitchen when she came in from work wearing her bright red lipstick.

    Jan, I will always consider you one of my best friend. You had such great slumber parties and we could pull off some “mission impossible” escapes after every one was in bed. I won’t scare you and tell what we did, but everyone there will never forget. I love you and will never forget your family!

    Love, Brenda

  • Mary topped the charts as the world’s best mother-in-law. She was that to me for almost 30 years. She was so good to me. I loved being in her company, She was a woman of such fine character. I know she will be missed. Much love to all of you. Love, Cindy