Evelyn June “Grandma June” Tipton, 90, passed away Nov. 14, 2019. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 18, 2019, at Parkade Baptist Church followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.

On a farm that is now part of the Vichy Airport in Maries County, June was born to Webster E. and Pearl N. Boyd on Dec. 8, 1928. She grew up in Columbia and attended school there. On Oct. 16, 1946, June was united in marriage to James B. “Jim” Tipton, until his passing in 1992 from cancer. To this union were born five children, four of which survive.

June’s great claim to fame was ushered forth in the kitchen where she found her passion in life in feeding people — especially children. Those skills led to her being awarded a Master‘s Degree in Cinnamon Rolls from the University of Missouri. That degree hung proudly in the kitchen until just recently. After she served as Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at the CDL class on campus, her cooking fame spread all across the world. Many a parent paid tribute to the fact that their macaroni and cheese was not as good as Grandma June’s.

She is survived by three sons, Wayne, Austin and Al; one daughter, Adajane Burnett; brother Mark Boyd; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and numerous great-stepgrandchildren.

June is preceded in death by her son Melvin; beloved husband of 46 years, Jim; mother, Pearl, and stepfather, Austin C. Wood; father, Webster; and siblings Robert and Imogine.

Grandma June leaves a legacy of many, many friends and people whose lives have been touched by her love and quick wit. For someone whose highest level of education was a GED obtained only after all her kids had graduated from high school, she had the ability to touch and shape lives one meal at a time.

Go rest high on that mountain, Grandma June. Your work on Earth is done.

Online condolences may be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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