Wilma Tipton

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Wilma Tipton

Wilma Tipton

Wilma M. Tipton passed away peacefully on September 10, 2020 to be embraced in the loving arms of her Savior. She was born on April 30, 1936 to Leo and Vernie Kamp in Laurel, Montana. Raised on the family farm near Laurel with her three sisters and one brother, Wilma attended local schools. She was the valedictorian of the Laurel High School class of 1954.
Working in Billings after high school and attending Eastern Montana College, she soon met the love of her life, Vern Tipton. They were married on October 29, 1955.
When Vern (aka Chub) graduated from Eastern they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where their first child, Michael, was born. The young family then moved to Dillon, Montana in 1958. Their second child, Jo Ellyn, was born in 1963. While living in Dillon, Wilma was employed at the Southern Montana Abstract and Title Company.
In 1966 the family moved to Auburn, Washington. Wilma continued to work outside the home. During those years the family spent many summer vacations on trips back to Montana to see family and friends. Vern and Wilma also enjoyed boating on the Sound and playing bridge with friends. They were original Seahawk season ticket holders in 1976.
In 1979 they moved to a home on Browns Point, in Tacoma, that enjoyed a beautiful view of Commencement Bay.
In retirement Wilma and Vern enjoyed traveling in their motorhome, vacationing in Mexico and attending both Husky and Seahawk football games. Although busy in retirement they continued to make attendance and support of their grandchildren’s activities a priority. She cherished her husband during their 58 years of marriage, lovingly fulfilling her role as caregiver during his last months.
Wilma was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn for 54 years. She enjoyed Bible studies and frequently went on trips with the Senior Actioneers group at church.
She was preceded in death by her parents Leo and Vernie Kamp, her sister Leona Rood and her husband Vernon Tipton. She is survived by sisters Jane Minch (Laurel), Sharon Brockway (Wyckoff, New Jersey), her brother Leo Kamp (Billings), son Mike (Patti) Tipton of Chelan, Washington, daughter Jo (Rod) Menck of Auburn, Washington, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for the family at Messiah in October. Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery. Donations may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.


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