Sept. 20, 1940 – May 6, 2013
A family memorial service for Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille Lipp was held May 10 at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery. Betty, 72, died May 6 in Billings at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana after a lengthy battle with emphysema and pneumonia.
She was born Sept. 20, 1940 in Wakpala, S.D., the daughter of Jacob and Margaret Schmaltz. She married Albert “Al” Matthew Lipp Nov. 27, 1957, in the Catholic Church in Mobridge, S.D.
As the Lipp family grew to include five children she made a loving home for them in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Oklahoma as they moved with her husband’s job as a telephone lineman. When the children needed to settle into a permanent home and school, the family returned to the best place they had lived along their journey – Greybull. They purchased their first home and put down roots in the community with people they loved.
Betty loved to cook. For many years she shared her ability and talent with the community as head cook for the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull. Even after she retired, she continued to take Christmas plates to senior citizens who lived alone. She just loved to give to others; if she saw a need, she wanted to help.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing bingo, card and board games, puzzles, going to garage sales and watching her children and grandchildren in their many school activities.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Lipp; son, Mark Lipp; daughter-in-law, Laurie Lipp; mother and father Jacob and Margaret Schmaltz; sister Agnes Mitchell, and brothers, Edward Schmaltz and Alfred Schmaltz.
She is survived by her husband Al; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Serena Lipp and Jack Lipp, all of Greybull; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Jayne Clevenger of Powell; three brothers, Ike Schmaltz, William Schmaltz and Raymond Schmaltz; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 471 Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.