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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 07, 2013

OBITUARY ~ Thelma Belle (Mickael) Tipton
March 8, 1934 - November 1, 2013

Thelma Tipton, 79, of Mount Ayr, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Pastor Chuck Weiman will officiate the service. Music will be provided by Ken CAMPBELL and Cindy MICKAEL.

Casket bearers will be Chuck MICKAEL, Jake TIPTON, Jeremy TIPTON, Dvid MARTIN, Junior MICKAEL and Jenny TIPTON. Honorary pallbeares will be Cameron WHITE, Marvin PENNRY, Bob KIBBE and Billy POWELL.

Burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Memorials are to be established. Online condolences can be made under the obituary category at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

A memorial fund has been established in her name to be decided later.

Thelma Belle (Mickael) Tipton was born March 8, 1934 in Mount Ayr to Dick and Clara Mickael. She attended school in Mount Ayr and Idaho. On September 7, 1951 Thelma was united in marriage to Herman Tipton in Twin Falls, Idaho. Thelma and Herman lived a short time in Grove, Oklahoma before moving to Iowa in the winter of 1951. To this union three sons were born, Clifford Herman II, Richard Allen and Roger Dale. Her sons were the pride and delight of their Mom and Dad. Thelma and Herman spent all of their time raising the boys as well as themselves in the Free Methodist Church. Thelma worked at various jobs in her life, babysitting, the old sandwich shop, selling Avon, the hotel, the cap factory, Horton's and Clearview Nursing Home as well as a field and crop worker in Oregon and Idaho. Thelma also spent many years caregiver for those needing help. They were privileged to celebrate 57 years of married bliss before Herman passed away from cancer.

Thelma is survived by two sons; Clifford Tipton of Mount Ayr and Richard (wife Martina) Tipton of Murray; two daughters in-law, Sherri Tipton of Mount Ayr and Donna (husband Mark) Clair of Mount Ayr; three sisters in-law, Carolyn (husband Duane) Paxton of Pace, Florida, Jean Mickael of Missouri and Kathleen Miller of Cabool, Missouri; six grandchildren, Jenny, Jake and Jeremy Tipton, Miracle Tipton, Destiny and Mandy McNabb; four great-grandchildren, Haylee Tipton, Methias, Marcus and Aven McNabb; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman; son, Roger Dale; three brothers, James, Arthur and Charles; four brothers in-law, Herald (wife Pearl) Tipton, Wayne (wife Betty) Tipton, Ronnan Tipton and Don Miller; two sisters in-law, Mildred (husband Al) Long and Marie(husband Paul) Miller; four nephews, Billy Tipton, Buster Tipton, Harlan Jones and Philip Jones; two nieces, Carolyn Tipton and Sharon Murphy.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2013

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