Frances Kaye Tipton
July 9, 1952 - January 18, 2022
Frances Kaye Tipton, age 69 of Elmer, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Born July 9, 1952 at home in rural Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of Herbert and Zelma (Stewart) Cook. On October 4, 1975 in Redman, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Larry Tipton who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Erik Lewis of Cairo, Missouri; three daughters, Joel Harris of Columbia, Missouri, April (George) O’Haver of La Plata, Missouri, and Chelsey (Wesley) Tuley of Philadelphia, Missouri; five brothers, Tom Cook of La Plata, Missouri, Kenny Cook of Gifford, Missouri, David Cook of Gibbs, Missouri, Danny (Kathy) Cook of Gifford, Missouri, and John (Betsy) Cook of Unionville, Missouri; four sisters, Patty (Terry) Purvis of Kellogg, Iowa, Debbie Cook of La Plata, Missouri, Lori Phillips of Bevier, Missouri, and Lisa Kraft of Brashear, Missouri; and fourteen grandchildren, Claire and Madison Lewis, Stellan, Marq, Diamond, and Kayliana Harris, Tilly Payne, Starletta Cathcart, Azura, Seraiden, and Zane O’Haver, and Wyatt, Weston, and Waylon Tuley.
Her parents, one sister, Peggy Ann Swann, and one brother, Troy Cook preceded her in death.
Fran was a kind, generous, loving woman. She was a proud Baptist who believed in the power of prayer. She enjoyed caring for others so much. Everyone could always count on her for words of wisdom and comfort or for a good laugh. She was fun to be around and loved spending time with family and getting her children and grandchildren together for the holidays as well as attending their activities. Fran also loved the years she spent on the farm in Nickelton, MO raising her children and working alongside her best friend, Larry. Throughout her life, she also worked as a florist and at age 51 fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an LPN. She absolutely loved planting flowers, especially zinnias, which were her favorite. She took pride in her yard work and put her heart into everything she planted as well as every floral arrangement she ever made for herself or for others. Antiques and going to antique stores brought her so much joy. She also enjoyed sitting outside on her porch during the warm months where she would call up friends and family to chat, watch the hummingbirds, and take in the beautiful smell of honeysuckle.
It was Fran’s wish to be cremated and a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.