LaVerne Mae Tippey, 70, Marion, went to be with the Lord at 3:40 am on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in Marion. She was born in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, February 4, 1950, to Vernon and Blanche (Shepherd) Eklund. On June 17, 1972, she married her loving and faithful husband, David Tippey, who survives.

LaVerne graduated from Mount Healthy High School and continued her post-secondary education at Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University), where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. She taught kindergarten at J.C. Knight for three years. She worked with Living Water Christian Bookstore, where she sold Bibles and took great pleasure imprinting their name as she prayed for them. She was a member of Brookhaven Wesleyan Church and Bible Study Fellowship.

Many people knew LaVerne for selling Tupperware, as well as her love for violets (flowers), sewing, and reading. She will be remembered as a prayer warrior, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and one who could often be found studying her Bible. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and beloved daughter-in-law, who had a great relationship with all who knew her. “Who can find a virtuous woman?...Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come,” (Proverbs 31:10a, 25).

In addition to her husband of nearly 48 years, survivors include her two daughters, Angela (Kent) Santee of Marion and Sara Tippey of Indianapolis; son, Dr. Brett (Rachel) Tippey of Kent, OH; three sisters, Priscilla Anderson of Panama City, FL, Virginia Eklund of Covington, KY, and Beth (Terry) Prater of Marion; granddaughter, Meredith Santee of Marion; three grandsons, Aedan Santee of Marion, Ivan Tippey of Kent, OH, and Ezekiel Tippey of Kent, OH; seven nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Robert (Alleta) Tippey of Marion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her mother- and father-in-law, Dr. Byron (Helen) Tippey.

A Celebration of Life service for LaVerne will take place at a later date at Brookhaven Wesleyan Church. Interment will be at Grant Memorial Park in Marion.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Brookhaven Wesleyan Church, 2960 E. 38th St., Marion, IN 46953 ( or Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.

Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.

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