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Louise Tipton

Louise E. Tipton

Friday, June 11th, 1926 - Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
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Louise E. (Ebbett) Tipton, 93, of East Hartford, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She was born June 11, 1926 in Newport, NH, the daughter of the late Raymond Vincent Ebbett and Maude Vernon (Ellis) Ebbett. Louise truly loved. Her playful piercing eyes learned to spotlight the very best in each of us, whether as an intimate relation, or a casual friend. Her presence will be missed by all. She is survived by her two daughters, Pauline Louise Bothfeld and her husband Guy Lindsay and Theresa Griffen Smith; her son, Alfred Douglas Griffen, Jr. and his wife Mary Pike Griffen; her grandchildren, Ida Rhea Smith and Michael Wesley Griffen; and her great grandson, Christopher Robin Smith. She was predeceased by her infant brother, Robert Ebbett; her sister, Dorris Demick; her brother, Henry Ebbett; her grandson, William Mark Enright; and her five husbands, Richard Bothfeld, Alfred Douglas Griffen, Sr., Samuel Richard Booze, James Deyo Redding, and Benson Cortez Tipton. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Vernon United Methodist Church, 401 Hartford Tpke, Vernon, CT with refreshments following. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brookline, NH sometime around her birthday in June. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Vernon United Methodist Church. For online condolences please visit:
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    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    Vernon United Methodist Church
    401 Hartford Turnpike
    vernon rockville, CT 06066
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Pauline Louise Bothfeld

Posted at 12:03am
Ida and Hayley share Grammie Lou’s love

“Grammie was always so sweet, caring, and loving. She gave the most wonderful hugs and she was the best listener whether you had problems or just needed someone to talk to. She loved to sing no matter the occasion and she adored her family and loved ones. She also loved eating the whole carton of ice cream, especially vanilla! She would sneak the ice cream while you weren’t looking! She loved sitting by the kitchen window with the beautiful sunshine on her shoulders. She had a beautiful personality and she loved Winnie the cat. She loved her grandkids and her adopted grandkids, too! She was very family oriented and she easily makes you laugh and smile – she gave the best bear hugs ever! I will always have her in my heart and in my fiance’s heart and memories. She was fun to be around. She was also very wise and had a lot of stories to tell you. There was never a dull moment around her. When you felt down, she would always make you laugh and smile. She will never be forgotten and ever in our hearts. Here is a quote from her Blakey-baby: “She is not dead, she has been set free!” Rest easy, Beautiful Grammie Lou! We love you and miss you! Sing one for us in heaven! Fly high, my dearest Grammie! Love Ida

From Great-Grandson Christopher, almost 8 years old:

My favorite memory of Grammie Lou is when all of us walked from Aunt Polly’s house to the ice cream place because it was her favorite….except he remembers everybody except Grammie and Aunt Polly walked – they went in the car because Grammie still wasn’t feeling better. I love thinking about all of us being together as a family. Grammie I hope you enjoy heaven when you get there. I know you are totally transitioned to heaven now and that you will have a good life in heaven! Love Chris

From Clif to Louise

Our Grammie Lou – Louise – Christian, lover of God, loved by God, was a bright light and beacon of faith to all who knew her.

The apostle John wrote in chapter 10 verse 10 that Jesus came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. It is so fitting that Louise’s life was blessed with longevity and abundance.

My favorite memories of her will always be seeing her having such a wonderful time with family. Her wonderful smile of happiness was so contagious! It made being near her so joyful!

I am blessed to have gotten to know her in the decade that her daughter, Theresa and I have been together in California. We had such a wonderful time together with family as we visited her this past June in Connecticut. Louise knew that her time in this life was nearing its end, and she was more-than-ready to transition to her eternal life in Heaven. But at times she was fearful of this transition. She wondered what it would be like and what God might say to her. But we reminded here the same way she taught her family, to pray for the peace that passes all understanding.

Her favorite bible verse is Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven

Today as she goes to be with her Heavenly Father, her light still shines. As memories of her remain, her spirit still lifts our spirits. It’s a beautiful gift from the Lord. She will always have a very special, spacious place in my heart. Sleep well Grammie Lou! Go on now, and take your Godly rest in heaven! See you on the other side!

Clif Payne, worship paster

Pauline Louise Bothfeld

Posted at 12:02am
Mom Loves….. by Terri Griffen Smith

All my life, I have watched and followed my mother - her smile, her glance, her style, her stance. As a child, delight after delight: drink-drink (vinegar honey and water), plain yogurt, crunchy carrots and other raw vegetables deliberately crunched into your ear to accentuate the enticing nature of the crunch! Wheat germ and oatmeal instead of sugary cereals….. and she had the Dr. Jarvis book on health as well as others to help us understand the importance of eating healthy. If health, education, music and arts, math, friendship or any possible aspect of life were good, in her mind and teaching to her family they were not only good, but fun! What fun to eat new, exciting, healthy, different food! And when it came to the arts, if listening to good music is fun, think how phenomenal it would be to actually learn how to play it; and then again even more fun to learn how to write it. Her frame of reference was Godly wonder and curiosity and she made us want to chase any way we could to get closer to her and find out her secrets! After my first piano lesson I came home and looked at the lines on the linoleum floor in the kitchen and exclaimed, “Look, Mama! It’s a treble clef – E,G,B,D,F” as I hop-scotched my way across the kitchen floor.

Though I never felt unloved or uncared for as a child, I could not help but be aware that my mother without ever talking about it, showed amazing independence and vibrant individuality. She did not fit the “mother mold”. She loved us with wild abandon, and yet managed to find herself in so many of her career endeavors and personal hobbies and interests. She threw herself over and over again into volunteer work. And whether at church or in the community, she would never miss the opportunity to give glowing reports to us about her involvement in the various efforts and projects. She took us with her to the summer camp for disabled children, because she wanted us to understand and appreciate what we had; and to understand that our voices and actions made a difference in the world.

With her at church, and also in interactions with grandparents, praising God was a top priority and we very early learned to pray, sing hymns, ¬¬¬¬¬-our hearts! She late in life shared a childhood memory of how she learned the meaning of “Christian sacrifice”. At the age of 5 (at a time and place of lean living) she was given the very baby doll she wanted for Christmas. But a homeless and destitute family had just moved in the very next day; and her father who was the pastor of the parish, said not only that she must give up her new baby doll to the little girl in the new family because that is what Christians do, but she was admonished to be happy the Lord Jesus had chosen her to do His good work! She shared that at the time, she wished the Lord would have picked on somebody else!

Later on into higher education, marriage, parenthood and career that took me across the country to California, we continued our close and extremely communicative relationship. We visited east as often as possible and talked on the phone to each other as if we were next door neighbors. If she could not help me see even the most severe problem as an exciting challenge, we shared a band of 37 angels that God had assigned to our family; and soon with prayer and certainly those angels’ divine talents and attention, joy would poke through and light up what was the needed truth for every situation.

Though her struggle with her final illnesses saddened us deeply, we have no doubt where Louise is now. My beautiful, joy-filled, selfless Mom has found her Most Precious Lord Jesus at the gates of heaven waiting for her!

Pauline Louise Bothfeld

Posted at 11:57pm
A Memorial Service
Celebrating the Life of Louise E. Tipton
Born: June 11, 1926 Died: October 22, 2019
*indicates a time to stand, if you are able
Prelude medley of favorite hymns
Word of Grace/Welcome Pastor
*Hymn: “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” Hymnal # 57
Prayer Pastor
Responsive Reading Psalm 91 Hymnal # 810
*Hymn: “Love Divine, All Love Excelling” Hymnal # 384
Gospel Lesson: John 11: 1-4, 20-27, 32-36 Pastor
Message: Pastor
*Hymn: “Be Strong” see insert
Louise’s poem “Stampede Passing” shared by Polly Bothfeld
John 14: 1-6 and Matthew 5: 14-16 shared by Al Griffen
Family Remembrances Guy Lindsay, Christopher Smith and
Cliff Payne
Our Memories of Louise open invitation to share
Reflection: “Blessings” (insert) shared by Terri Griffen Smith
Time to Pray Cleo Duke Wright
*Hymn: “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done” Hymnal # 306
Dismissal with Blessing Pastor
Celebration Hymn: “This Little Light of Mine” conventional
Using words from Hymnal page 585
Postlude “Ode to Joy” Beethoven
Everyone is invited to the fellowship hall for a reception with the family following the service. Thank you for sharing your memories and love with us today.
In Our Service today:
Peter Schilling, pastor
Jill Gregory, pianist

Pauline Louise Bothfeld

Posted at 11:56pm
Here is the poem that Polly (Pauline Louise Bothfeld) shared. Louise wrote it in 1996. It is called " Stampede Passing" and is to be understood in counterpoint to the Hymn "Be strong" So first I will give you Stampede, and then the words to the hymn that she would often quote in her last years, and then a paragraph of my commentary.

Stampede Passing

Unaware of missed connections
Mesmerized by blinding speed
See the spirit change directions
Without calling for a lead!

There's Anger, Pain, a little Pleasure
Struck with pounding, wide-eyed flight
Like horse's hoofs so pressed together
Making dust clouds in the night!

With a prayer to seek protection
And the hope to stand the siege
I make the connection, take quick breaths
As I bow down to my liege!

Then I strive to see more clearly
This approach of massive might
There's a blurry, swirling shadow
Seething toward me, full of fright!

In a wild stampeding fashion
Through the dark -- too fast to count
I saw the purple steeds of passion
Blaze with color and surmount
The darkest canyon, dodging mission
Slipping with confusions's moan
Down a hole that cancelled vision
Needing truth to heal and hone

Stampeding stops, and milling round,
The dust clouds fall on pounded ground
Exhaustion snuffs out passion's horses
Birthing strength for better courses.

Be Strong

Be strong! We are not here to play to dream to drift:
We have hard work to do and loads to lift;
Shun not the struggle; face it--'tis God's gift.
Be strong, be strong.

Be strong! Say not that days are evil--who's to blame?
And fold the hands and acquiesce--O shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God's Name
Be strong, be strong!

Be strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong.
How hard the battle goes, the day, how long.
Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.
Be strong, be strong!

And now for my paragraph of commentary: I was the one who summed up Mom's life with "Louise truly loved. Her playful piercing eyes learned to spotlight the very best in each of us, whether as an intimate relation or a casual friend."

She was everyone's "Mama" but, as the eldest, it has been my lot to be her sister, too. As such a sister , I had the honor to accompany her and watch her process " from the inside out." I so I experienced both the "Stampede" that she describes so adroitly in this poem, and and determined, disciplined march of the hymn "Be strong". One cannot understand her poem Stampede without understanding that the "Be Strong" comes next, or just before, or between those hooves. All is a part of the light that is her God-light.


Pauline Louise Bothfeld

Posted at 11:33pm
"Louise truly loved. Her playful piercing eyes learned to spotlight the very best in each of us, whether as an intimate relation, or a casual friend." This was all that I could come up with when asked to sum up my mom's life. It was too soon to think of her in any other way. We had all gone to breakfast after meeting at the hospital to say goodbye, and having the chaplain come and bless her body, and departed soul.

Now I would add:

She as been a mom, wife, sister, secretary, photographer, insurance sales person, insurance fraud monitor, nursing trainee, choir director, social director for patients at Institute of Living, public relations coordinator for National Council of Churches, church secretary at Metropolitan Methodist Church, Washington D.C. She won a National 4-H trip to Chicago for the State of Vermont, she was an avid reader, played the base guitar, was a bible study leader, did AA ministry with her husband Cortez Tipton, traveled to France and Switzerland with her husband James Redding, took in many a broadway show with husband Al Griffen. She traveled to Canada and to the West Coast with husband Sam Booze, after securing him his first paid vacation from the gas station, and helped right some of his cherished
families' legal entanglements over their shared property in the Maryland county side, then donating Sam’s share to the local church. She sang in the professional quality choir of the Metropolitan Methodist Church, made weekly visits to the troubled children in Caledonia School, St. Johnsbury, Vermont. She visited and wrote a profile for publication on all new members of the Asbury Home in Gaithersburg Maryland. She collected poems and created a book of poets and poetry at that Asbury home. She staged a sit in to save a tree from destruction as Asbury continued expand with more buildings. She would open our home to troubled women, andrelatives. She put two years of her life into remodeling a home that she purchased in St. Johnsbury, VT, then after reconnecting with Cortez Tipton, she gave that house, rent free for a year to a family struggling with childhood Leukemia. She volunteered, freelance style, for 3 months, all along the Gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina…but only one week pushing wheelbarrows helping out in the 9th ward, and that was only a few hours each day.

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