Earshelene Naomi Reed Tipton went to meet her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, March 10, 2016, with family at her bedside. She was born to Emery Earshel and Lorene May Heironymous Reed, on April 27, 1934, at Carter Nine, a small oil field camp lnear Shidler, Okla. She was fourth in a line of nine children.
Earshelene graduated with honors from Shidler High School in 1953, and pursued her college education at several colleges. Eventually, she graduated with her bachelor's degree in education, from Northeastern State University in 1958.
She was married to Roy F. Tipton in 1958, and moved to Wichita, Kansas. During the eight years in Wichita, she worked as a classroom teacher and attended the Institute of Logopedics and Wichita State University. She gave birth to a son and a daughter, Terryl Gene in 1960, and Tomi Kay in 1961. The family moved to Tulsa in 1966. There, Earshelene taught in the elementary classroom for three years. In 1969, she received a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
She and her family had the opportunity to serve as missionaries to the Yupik Eskimos of the tundra at Bethel in Southwestern Alaska. She wanted to spend the remaining of her lifetime there, but due to health conditions, she reluctantly had to leave the climatic conditions of Alaska.
In 1989, Earshelene retired from teaching with 20 years of classroom teaching in Kansas and Oklahoma. In addition, she served as a speech pathologist for 13 years in Kentucky and Oklahoma, retiring with a total of 33 years in the education profession.
When she was not teaching, she loved to serve others. She loved God, her husband, her children, her parents and her siblings, in that order. When she was not preparing to teach, she spent much of her time doing things for others, or writing books or poetry for her friends. She was in the height of her glory when she was preparing food for her family or planning a family reunion with her seven siblings and their families. In addition, she was very organized and an immaculate housekeeper. The happiest moments of her life seemed to be when she was doing for others.
Family would like to express gratitude to the staff members of Wagoner Care Center, Grace Living Center, Tahlequah, and River Cross Hospice. We deeply appreciate and are grateful for their extraordinary assistance and care for our precious Earshelene.
Earshelene was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Gene Reed; and one sister, Madonna Walker.
She is survived by her husband, Roy F. Tipton, of the home; one son, Terryl (TJ) Tipton and wife Rhonda of Mena, Arkansas; one daughter, Tomi Kirkpatrick and husband Dean of Hulbert, Okla.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandsons; four brothers, David Reed of Eunice, N.M., Don Reed and wife Faye of Sand Springs, Okla., CL Reed and wife Rose of Sapulpa, Okla., and Wayne Reed and wife Jeanette of Coweta, Okla.; two sisters, Norma Pace and husband Bob of Wagoner, Okla., and Sharon Page of Oktaha, Okla.; and two sisters-in-law, Linnie Keith and husband Gene of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and Faye Hazelwood and husband, Bob of Tahlequah.
Honorary Pallbearers are Dean Kirkpatrick, Bryan Tipton, Fred Haddock, Bob Hazelwood, and Eugene Keith. Pallbearers are Trent Kirkpatrick, Alex Gustin, Colton Tipton, Keith Schultz, Charles Hughes, and Isaac Moore.
Family viewing will be Sunday, March 13, 1-6 p.m., and family will receive friends Monday night 6-8 p.m. at Green Country Funeral Home in Tahlequah. The Celebration of Life Service for Earshelene will be Tuesday, March 14, at Calvary Assembly of God, Bertha Parker Bypass, Tahlequah, at 10 a.m. Interment services will be at Crittenden Cemetery, Tahlequah.
Published on March 11, 2016