Mrs. Harriett Eilene Tipton, age 55, of Lynwood Street in Kingsland, Ga. passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Ga
Mrs. Tipton was born on August 1, 1959 in Compton, California to Mary Jean Berry and the late Glenn Eugene Berry.
Besides her mother, Mrs. Tipton is survived by her beloved husband, Phillip Tipton of Kingsland, Ga.; her sons, Michael (Kaitlyn) Oeming of Woodbine, Ga., Darrin (Liz) Salvador of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.; Donald (Jolene) Salvador of Pittsburg, Pa., and Jerome Tipton of Pittsburg, Pa.; her sisters, Lae Dean Cannon of Pittsburg, Pa., Joanne Marie Berry of Turlock, Ca., and Michelle Ann Berry of Pittsburg, Pa.; her brothers, Ronald Eugene Berry, Edward Julio Berry, Lawrence Ibercy (Nakia) Berry, all of Kingsland, and William Joseph Berry of Pittsburg, Pa.; and her grandchildren, Shane, Antonio, Melinda, Samantha, Caitlin, Jessica, Zachary, and Hannah.
Besides her father, Mrs. Tipton was preceded in passing by her sister in law, Sandra Berry.
A memorial service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Woodbine Church of God with Pastor Ogden presiding.
Her granddaughter, Hannah Maynard, wrote this for her:
“I’ve written this thousands of times in my head and a few on paper, but I can’t seem to get it right. When I think of Halfpint, my grandma, I think of this wonderful woman that tried to help out people that needed it. She would help anyone and everyone before she would help herself which I believe should be something everyone should try to do, and she managed to do it pretty good. There were bad things about her, yes, there’s bad things in everyone, but she somehow rarely showed it, at least too me. I know that I spent a lot of time with her when we lived near, but I cant really remember a lot of the time I spent with her, as there is so much to remember. I do remember how we would sit on her bed and eat candy, watching Deal or No Deal. And the way she would pull us into her for a hug and hold us down to kiss our faces, even though I acted like I hated them, I really did love them. I remember one time she showed me this old picture of her, and someone, I think maybe Michelle, Joanne, or Lae Dean was holding her bridle style and she had this huge lovely smile on her face, she showed me that picture and laughed at how nice her teeth were and how she no longer had them, but she still had the lovely smile, even without her teeth. I’m glad that she would often call me and sometimes left voicemails, as I have one where she’s calling me Hannah Banana and telling me about her new phone she got, and that she loves me and wishes me a merry Christmas, and when I think about it now I regret not answering her calls or facetime, and now that I think about it, I never really had a reason not to, and I feel horrible for that because all she wanted to do was talk to me and I didn’t answer her.
Death is the only thing that is certain in our lives, she probably knew that, we should all know this. We should also know that she wouldn’t want us to feel guilty or bad or anything but good. She would want us to celebrate the wonderful person she was and is. Just like when granddad passed. She wanted us to accept that he is in a better place now, and we all know that she would want us to accept this just as she did that. She would want us to know that her suffering and pain is all over now, and she wouldn’t want to pass the pain onto us by her passing. Her life was both good and bad, we should celebrate the good, but not forget the bad and how she managed to come out of every bad situation she was put through. She is one of the strongest people I know, and I am glad to of had the time with her that I did. I’m not so good with goodbyes, but maybe this won’t be a goodbye to her. If it’s all real than we will see her again, with her dentures in her mouth smiling that lovely smile she had, waiting to hold us all for her kisses that she’d force onto us, but we’d gladly accept.”
August 1, 1959- March 2, 2015