Elizabeth TIPPIE

TIPPIE Elizabeth Tippie passed away on January 25, 2007 in the Red Deer Hospice. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Lawrence in June 2003. She will be forever missed by daughters: Marne (Thorsten), Sharon (Ralph), Carol (Steve), Kathy, son, Fred (Bridget) Tippie as well as 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth Tippie (nee Bruckel) was born of Estonian parents, Friederich J. and Maria on January 1, 1920 in the village of Krasnoufimsk deep in the Ural Mountains of Russia. After living in Tallinn, Estonia for three years, the family immigrated to Sydney, Australia and then to western Canada in 1929 on the eve of the Great Depression. As a young girl, Elizabeth retained many interesting memories of Berlin, London, Gibraltor, Naples, Port Said, Colombo as well as the long train journey across Canada from Halifax to Big Valley, Alberta. Some of her childhood was spent in the Linda Hall-Fenn District before moving to Stettler where she graduated from high school. In 1939 she married Lawrence, sharing delight in the radio jazz broadcasts of the day. She spent all but three of the next twenty-five years on the Stettler farm. Here is where her hopeful heart and willing hands met much hard work but oh, the joy of golden loaves of bread, aprons full of fresh peas and quarts of sweet, purple saskatoons she wrought. With World War Two she and Lawrence moved to Portland, Oregon. In 1964 Elizabeth went to work at Michener Center. She graduated with an Alberta Mental Deficiency Nursing Degree in 1967 and found her work fulfilling until her retirement in 1984. She had made many friends at Michener. The "Tamarack" girls formed a supper club and stayed close to this day. She then volunteered her time and skills to the Parkland School, Kiwanis Music Festival, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Pines Lodge, and ARPES. She and Lawrence travelled widely in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, and Europe (including Estonia in 1987). In 2001, Victoria Park became her home and new friendships were formed. An ever-stalwart Canadian patriot, Elizabeth held a life-long interest in all things Estonian. Thoughtful and well read, she was an avid student and brilliant analyst of changing world politics. A merciful and understanding heart made her always a champion of common people. With a ready smile and easy laugh, she was good at conversation and her warm engaging company will be missed by many. Her playful nature could make grocery shopping an exciting adventure and washing a kitchen floor real fun! The happy memories Elizabeth leaves behind her for the family of which she was so proud are beyond count. Elizabeth loved singing, playing classical piano, the comedy of Billy Crystal and Jonathan Winters, the political acumen of Pierre Trudeau and Bill Clinton, East Indian authors and Billie Holiday. She had a long, difficult and courageous battle with breast cancer. During her last fall she really enjoyed being driven with Mary and Shea to small Alberta towns. She caught their young imaginations with her descriptions of a by-gone era. She is irreplaceable. A Celebration Of Life will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 1:00 pm at Parkland Funeral Home And Crematorium (6287-67A Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4P 3V9). In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in memory of Elizabeth to the Red Deer Hospice (99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4R 3S6). Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com In Living memory of Elizabeth Tippie a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home Memorial Tree Park, Red Deer, County.


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