TIPTON, Elizabeth Dawn (Johnston)

Obit Tipton

Elizabeth Dawn (Johnston) Tipton, age 77, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 13th, 2023, following a stroke. Mom was born in Oshawa, Ontario, on February 27th, 1946, and grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario with her Grandparents, Lewis and Edith Johnston. Mom remembered fondly how her love of family was nurtured by her grandma. Her love of animals was born on that farm, and she often recounted fun memories involving the chickens, geese, sheep, cows, and horses. She even had a pet fox for a time. Mom met Keith Tipton at a birthday party when she was 17. Dad stole her heart, and they married 6 months later, on March 21st, 1964, in the minister’s home in Port Perry, Ontario. Their love continued through the years; they have been married for 59 years! They planned to have three children, but after a couple years of convincing by Mom, they ended at the number 10. Mom loved watching her children grow through all stages, which was her entire life purpose. To quote Mom, “I have been a mother to 10 children, and I’m so proud of each one”. In 1974, Dad and Mom moved to Fort McMurray for a better job for the family. Despite being away from her mom, Eunice, siblings, Joan and Harvey, and extended family, Mom was courageous and built a wonderful life. She loved and missed her family in Ontario and stayed connected through phone calls, letters, and many road trips. Mom and Dad eventually settled into her favorite house across from the beautiful forest, which highlighted Mom’s love for trees, nature, and birds. Often, she would sit on the deck with a cup of tea and listen to the birds singing. Mom and Dad had many adventures while living in Fort McMurray. They were an active part of the Fellowship Baptist Church and had dear friends that they visited often. Mostly, Mom was very busy caring for all her children. Hard times came, especially when Mom lost her precious daughter Christine at 6 months old, yet Mom never stopped caring for others despite her grief. She often talked about leaning on the Lord through those times for her strength. Fort McMurray held many precious memories and was where Mom first became a grandma. Saturday mornings were a time of peace for Mom as the kids were actively involved in a bowling league. We imagine this was the only time she could sit and have some quiet. Mom’s desire for her children was that they would know Jesus and live for Him. Dad and Mom decided to move to Three Hills so that their children could attend a Christian school. The sacrifice involved in that move was outstanding as they had two houses, lived apart, and Dad drove back and forth to see us on his days off. Summers were spent in Fort McMurray so we could be close to Dad. Mom loved being a part of the community at Prairie Bible School and enjoyed going to the Tab every week for church service. She loved many significant events, including guest speakers, Mission conferences, and Youth Quest. We often went to the Dining Hall at the College for lunch after church or the Coffee Break for their Sunday smog. Mom loved music, whether singing hymns at church or taking her children to piano and organ lessons. Mom even attended a few Bible classes at the College to deepen her knowledge of the Lord. Over the years, Mom helped Dad by taking some part-time jobs. One of her favorites was baking at the Coffee Break restaurant in town, where her tea biscuits and pies were famous. She would also clean the restaurant and enlist her children as helpers so that she could spend time with them. Despite working, she ran the household and was there for us kids. As the younger children grew, Mom prioritized keeping in contact with her older children, who had already left the house and begun their own lives. She made lots of trips to visit Scott, Kim, Laura, and their families and loved watching her grandchildren grow. Three Hills continued to be the hub for large family gatherings throughout the years and every holiday. Mom spent hours on the phone keeping in contact and never missed sending a card or letter for special occasions or just because she missed them and wanted them to know she was praying. Mom found contentment in the simple everyday things of life. She loved animals and had a small zoo with dogs, cats, canaries, budgies, cockatiels, rabbits, fish, and hamsters over the years. Mom loved a good hot cup of coffee with a butter tart or biscuit, baking, working in her garden, journaling, writing and receiving letters, and watching the birds. Mom was an incredible writer and communicated best with loved ones through spending time together and through her letters. Her treasured annual summer road trips were driving to Ontario to visit beloved family and friends and to attend Muskoka Baptist Conference to hear multiple speakers, including her favorite, J. Vernon McGee. Her favorite music was Elvis’s gospel records, Anne Murray, Evie, The Gaithers, The Cathedrals, and any hymn. She faithfully listened to TV programs by Tribal Trails and Billy Graham. Mom had the opportunity to go to Sunday School as a girl and accepted Jesus as her Saviour while at Bible Camp in grade 6. It was evident in all aspects of Mom’s life that she depended on her faith to get through difficult times and was full of gratitude for the many blessings in her life. She shared her hope in Christ with all, but especially with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Most conversations and letters with Mom included how Jesus loved us and verses to encourage us through the day. Mom talked in her letters about what made her happy. To Mom, happiness came from having a good place to live…each home was so cherished by Mom! Happiness also came from listening to music, writing, reading books, and watching the birds. But most of all, Mom wrote that happiness comes from spending time with family. Dad, all of us children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many other cherished family members and friends were Mom’s source of happiness. Mom was our anchor through the storms of life and our lighthouse, always showing us the way back home. Although she leaves such a large void here on earth, we know she is with her precious Saviour, who met her at the gates of heaven and welcomed her to eternity. Mom eagerly awaited seeing her dear Christine again, and that reunion must have been so beautiful. We are sure she is still busy preparing for us to join her and would want us to continue loving each other as she loved us until we see her again. Dawn will be dearly missed by her husband of 59 years, Keith, and children: Scott (Denise) Tipton, Kimberley (Rob) Kwalheim, Laura (Perry) Robitaille, Jennifer (Tim) Tipton, Gregory (Lori) Tipton, Suzanne (Andrew) Kirk, Angela (Richard) Laslett, Jonathan (Jessica) Tipton and Amanda Tipton. Predeceased by their daughter, Christine. Grandchildren: Shantelle, Dustin, Elias, Timothy, Stephanie, Jennifer, Aaron, Alexander, Ashley, Abigail, Megan, Tristan, Connor, Avery, Emmitt, Wyatt, Charlie, Amarah, Makayla, Dominic, Hope, and Carson. Great-grandchildren: Alivia, Jakob, Sophea, Ruben, Ellis, Mya, and Lynneah. Mother: Eunice Parrinder, Sister: Joan (Bill) Jeffrey, nieces, nephews, many family members, and friends in Ontario. A special thank you to the many who have supported our family during our grief. The generous supply of meals, phone calls, hospitality, condolences, and encouragement have carried us through. We are thankful to be part of a community that loves us so well! Thank you to family and friends that traveled from all over North America to spend time with loved ones and attend Mom’s Celebration of Life. Thank you to Ed and Terry Stephan at Kneehill Funeral Services for their exceptional care of Mom and our family. We will forever remember your kindness! Thank you to Pastor Alvin Bueckert and the team at Mount Olive Church for supporting and guiding us as we planned the service for Mom. Pastor Alvin’s message honored Mom’s constant faith by sharing the True Hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Thank you to Kenton Barkman and Madison Scantland for leading two of Mom’s favorite songs during the service. Your voices joined together singing “Amazing Grace” and “In the Garden” will forever comfort our family! One of Mom’s loved verses is Philippians 4:8 (as paraphrased in Mom’s writings). Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable, and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Love, Keith, and Family.

Kneehill Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements.