Lois ‘Jeanne’ (Tippett) Stroud
Aspen, CO Colorado
Lois Jeanne Stroud died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, where she had been residing for the past five months. She was 89.
She was born Lois Jeanne Leach on April 18, 1922, to Clara Maude (Current) and Alfonso Leach in Nevada, Mo. She graduated from Lee’s Summit, Mo. High School in 1940.
Jeanne, as she preferred, lived her life inspiring all that she touched to seek their spirit.
She spent most of her life in Missouri and Illinois. As a young woman, she committed herself to the Christian ministry through a group known as Christian Endeavor.
Throughout her life she continued to minister her faith within her family circle and in the larger community.
She married Olin L. Tippett in 1944. After he died of cancer in 1953, Jeanne managed to balance raising three daughters and a son while working full time. She remained a strong influence within her church community, and worked as an administrative assistant to several ministers, including her second husband.
Jeanne married the Rev. Melvin L. Stroud, Jr. on June 2, 1962, in Lee’s Summit. He courageously took on four children, and together they had another son.
They served several Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Missouri and Illinois.
Even after Rev. Stroud’s retirement in 1983, they continued to serve interim and part-time ministries in different denominations while living in Mt. Morris, Ill. They also traveled around the states, including Colorado, enjoying their expanding family of grandchildren.
Following Melvin’s death in 1997, Jeanne moved to Grand Junction in 2001 to be closer to some of her family. She was an active member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Grand Junction, and in recent years had resided at Mesa View Retirement Living.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, five sisters and a brother.
She is survived by her children, Billie Gwen (Kirk) Tippett-Russell of Olympia, Wash., Sandy (Steve) Tippett-Smith and Jim Tippett of Silt, Gayla (Ahmen) Tippett-Auten of Kansas City, Mo., and John (Tami) Stroud of Carbondale; her grandchildren, Nellie Russell, Cory and Chris Edgar, Jason Duckowitz, Tara and Austin Tippett, and Trevor Stroud; and great-grandchild Fawkes Duir Tippett-Fisher.
A memorial service will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1326 N. First St., Grand Junction. Burial will be in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Memorial contributions can be made to HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley, 234 Cody Lane, Basalt, or any local Red Cross chapter.
Callahan Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction is in charge of arrangements.
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