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Life Story / Obituary
Driven, selfless, and devoted to the family she loved, Marcia Kipp lived her life to the fullest. Known for her love of people, she held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. Marcia modeled a strong work ethic and compassion for all others. She leaves behind a wonderful collection of memories for her many special friends and family to cherish forever.
Marcia’s story began during a time that was marked by WWII. It was 1942 and families in the United States were experiencing a gas rationing of only three gallons of gas a week and a new breed of movies with war themes were debuting. During the years of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lewis and Dorothy (Keyes) Butler were pleased to announce the birth of their baby girl, Marcia Lee, on October 6th in the small town of Owosso, Michigan. Her birth brought much joy and promise in an era of great change.
Her childhood was one of resilience. After her parents were both killed in an automobile accident, Marcia was adopted by her mother’s sister, Ella, and her husband, Forest Hall. As a child growing up in Marion, Marcia enjoyed playing with her sister, Faye. There was never a dull moment in the Hall household as she also shared these years with nine other siblings! They remained exceptionally close and stayed connected throughout their lives. Marcia attended the local schools in Marion and fell in love with her childhood friend, Marvin Kipp. Sharing many childhood memories, the happy couple joined in marriage on August 23, 1961. They raised six wonderful children together; Coreen, Penny, Michael, Marvin, Mark, and Matt.
Marvin drove a truck while Marcia managed the kids and household. Always in the kitchen, Marcia grew to love perfecting her special recipes and enjoyed serving her family hot, delicious meals. She also loved to bake. Strict, yet loving, Marcia kept a tidy home and kept the kids in line which was no small task with a large family. When they came home from school, if they didn’t hear Barbara Streisand playing, they knew to wait for Dad to get home before greeting her! Some of the highlights of these years were trips to Cedar Point as well as visiting her sister Faye, and their mother, Ella. They raised their children with a strong foundation of faith at the local Fundamental Baptist Church. Marcia and Marvin shared many lasting memories with their children. Later in the late 80s, their marriage ended in divorce.
Marcia held many special pastimes. She collected Precious Moments figures as well as Oriental-themed China. Marcia also had a large collection of jewelry. Whenever she went shopping, she was sure to find something she couldn’t live without! She loved to knit and crochet and often did so during the latest episodes of her favorite Soap Operas on the Lifetime Channel. When it came to food, Marcia loved a Whopper and a Coke or shake from Burger King. She also favored Pizza Hut and enjoyed Mallow Cups or Doritos for snacks. Ice Cream was her all-time favorite and she never turned down a bowl or a cone over the years. Her love of cooking and baking lasted well into her later years. Often she would play Barbara Streisand music while she was putzing around the house. Marcia enjoyed many rich and wonderful years. Her elderly years seemed to soften her as she aged gracefully.
A common thread throughout Marcia's life was the importance of family. She was known to make friends easily and enjoyed talking on the phone. Her heart was always happy whenever she was in conversation with someone. There is no doubt that she cherished her time with her grandchildren. They knew she would also be there for them to share in a celebration or listen to a story. A beautiful gift she gave them was always knowing they could confide in her about anything without the worry of embarrassment or judgment. Generous and loving, Marcia will be deeply missed. Her loving and nurturing ways were her greatest legacy. May her loved ones hold on to her special memories and allow them to warm their hearts for many years to come.
Marcia Kipp, aged 80, passed peacefully on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in Lowell, Michigan. She was born October 6th, 1942, in Owosso, Michigan. While early in life, Marcia encountered tragedy with her parents’ abrupt passing at a young age; she was then adopted into the Hall family along with her biological sister, Faylene, at the age of seven – gaining nine additional siblings. Marcia enjoyed the comfort of spending time with family and rejoiced as her family grew. She was a devout grandmother and reveled spending time with little ones later in life. Never one to shy away from starting a conversation, Marcia made friends easily. She was also generous and giving to others and shared her love for food by creating heartwarming meals for friends and family.
Marcia is survived by her children; Coreen Kipp, Michael (Kelli) Kipp, Marvin (Diana) Kipp, Mark Kipp, and Matt Kipp; Grandchildren Brandon Andrews, Nathan (Jeff) Kemp, Wendy (Drew) Poll, Sarah Kipp, Katie (James) Estlund, Joe (Jordyn) Kipp, Macie Kipp, Morgan (Joe) Kipp, Jamie (Marissa) Kipp, Elaina Evarts, Gabrielle (Michael) Kipp, and Matthew (Gabrielle) Kipp II; and 30 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Penny Kipp; and siblings; Faylene, Glenn, Robert, Emett, and Larry Hall, along with Betty Fewless-Baum.
The funeral service will take place at 2 PM on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home – Van Strien Creston Chapel, 1833 Plainfield Ave NE 49505. Visitation will be for two hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. Please visit www.heritagelifestory.com to read Marcia’s life story, submit a favorite memory or photo, or sign the guestbook online.