Dorothy Lipscomb devoted her life to family, church activities

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 7:20 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Donna Fike called Dorothy Lipscomb her "Missouri parent."

When Fike arrived at the Riggs Union United Methodist Church more than 30 years ago, Mrs. Lipscomb introduced herself to her as a "grandma" and offered to help take care of Fike's children. Since then, all of Fike’s kids have called Mrs. Lipscomb "grandma."

That's the type of woman Mrs. Lipscomb was, always ready to help her neighbors and her community, said Charlut Shepherd, her daughter.

Dorothy Lipscomb of Columbia died Monday, June 23, 2014. She was 84.

She was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Audrain County to Roy and Ethel Brooks Bowne. A graduate of Sturgeon High School, she married Millard "Jack" Lipscomb on June 6, 1948.

She and her husband lived on the farm where her husband grew up south of Sturgeon. In 1962, the Lipscombs were awarded "Boone Family Farm of the Year."

Mrs. Lipscomb devoted her life to her community church and her family.

She taught Sunday school, was a vacation Bible school superintendent and was a lay speaker at Riggs Union United Methodist Church. She was a 4-H leader for 15 years and was also a member of the Riggs "Know Your Neighbor" extension club.

She and her husband have helped keep the church running with their involvement, Fike said.

Lipscomb used to write long notes on thank-you cards for every little thing.

"She brought everybody love," Fike said.

Outside of her church life, Mrs. Lipscomb was known as a formidable cook. In fact, her baked goods were so well-regarded that a pan of brownies she made sold for $300 at a church auction.

"People were fighting for it," Fike said.

Mrs. Lipscomb also liked gardening. She had a large vegetable garden, and she liked to grow flowers.

"She lived an active and simple life," Shepherd said.

Mrs. Lipscomb is survived by her husband, Millard Lipscomb; three sons, Glen Lipscomb of Harrisburg, Bill Lipscomb of Sturgeon and Jerry Lipscomb of Clark; one daughter, Charlut Shepherd of Columbia; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Bowne of Sturgeon.

Her brother Eldred Bowne and her sister, Norma Bradley, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nilson Funeral Home, 5611 E. St. Charles Road. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Riggs Union United Methodist Church on Old Number 7 Road in Riggs. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Riggs Union Church memorial fund, 612 Aden Woods Court, Columbia, MO 65201.

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