A memorial service celebrating the life of Doris Allen Lipe will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Fairview Baptist Church, Indianola. Visitation will follow at the Lipe home.
Born June 5, 1924, in Indianola, Mississippi, to parents Iris and Bridger Bailey Allen, Doris attended school in Indianola and graduated from Indianola High School in 1942. She then attended Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, before graduating from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.
After teaching elementary school in both Montesano, Washington, and Indianola, she married George Hulbert Lipe in 1952, and they made their home in the Fairview community.
A devout Christian, Doris had an unwavering faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and lived each day to His glory. She was a Bible scholar who memorized Scripture through the Bible Memory Association; she loved to share His message and encouraged others in memorization as well. A member of the Fairview Baptist Church for over 65 years, Doris served as organist, pianist, choir member, Sunday School teacher, Sunbeams leader, GA and Youth Fellowship leader, WMU member, as well as church librarian. A beloved mother of three, Doris was a poet, an avid reader, and a health enthusiast who exercised daily by either walking or swimming. She and George loved to travel together with their children and grandchildren. In addition to her love of the Lord and her family, she daily enjoyed playing the piano, playing rummy and Scrabble, working crossword puzzles, and watching the New York Yankees with George during the season.
Actively involved in her community, Doris was a member of the David Holmes Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having served as Regent, the Twentieth Century Club of Indianola, and a former member of the Indianola Garden Club. She was a leader in the community Explorer’s Bible Study and was involved in prison ministry as well as Christian outreach to local nursing homes. She loved her church family and had a special interest in mission work, supporting causes such as the Lottie Moon Offering, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, various Baptist seminaries, the Baptist Children’s Village, and French Camp Academy. Doris and George also embraced the advancement of medical research and requested that their bodies be donated to the University of Mississippi Medical School for that purpose.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 2011. She leaves three children: Jacki Lipe (Walter) Burkhalter and Hulbert Lipe of Indianola, and Amy Lipe (Richard) Taylor of Leland; her grandchildren: Thad (Christin) Burkhalter of Pensacola, Florida, Kati Burkhalter (Matt) Pittman of Oxford, Lanna Lipe Burkhalter (Tyler) Iverson of Indianola, Sherrod Taylor of Los Angeles, California, and Jacqueline Taylor (Michael) Retzer of Little Rock, Arkansas; four great grandchildren: Amelia and Will Pittman; Sara Taylor and Lyndall Retzer; and a special friend and caregiver Wynona Holdeman.
The family requests that memorials be made to Fairview Baptist Church, Indianola Academy, or the donor’s favorite Christian charity.