Mary Lou Brighton-Lipps, 87, of Waldron, Mich., died Oct. 28, 2019, at Caring Dunn Right in Morenci, while under the care of Careline Hospice.
She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on July 27, 1932, the daughter of Charles and Velma (LaPointe) Brighton. On May 19, 1956, she married Estel Lipps, in Angola, Ind., and he died Sept. 21, 1999.
Mary Lou was a graduate of Addison High School in 1950. She retired from Waldron Industries in 1990 with more than 20 years of service, where she also served as union steward for many years.
She was a member of the Waldron Wesleyan Church, the TOPS Club of Onsted, Prattville PTA and the Hudson Senior Center. She loved playing cards, especially if she was winning. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, coloring, playing Bingo and spending time with her family.
Mary Lou is survived by daughters, Connie (and Dale) Wheeler of Ava, Mo., Maxine (and Robert) Vanlerberg of Pittsford, Mich., Beth (and David) Grover of Lyons, Ohio, Diana (and Charles Drake) Gucker of Hillsdale, Mich., and Mavis (and Scott) Verdon of Hudson, Mich.; sons David (and Barbara) Lipps of Jonesville, Mich., and Kenneth (and Melissa) Lipps of Waldron; grandchildren Ryan (and Jennifer) Lipps, Janna (and John) Witt, Jeff (and Amy) Shaffer, Patrick (and Teresa) Wheeler, Heather (and Eric) Richardson, Benjamin (and Francetta) Wheeler, Jeremy (and Geneva) Vanlerberg, Brian (and Jennifer) Vanlerberg, Aaron (and Jen) Dunn, Matt (and Carol) Dunn, Jennifer (and Josh) Compau, Eva (and Asa) Ennis, Andy (and Lori) Newton, Dustin (and Leslie) Newton, Kenny (and Sarah) Lipps, Desirée (and Mike) French, Janet Verdon, and Tommy Verdon; 38 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Michael Swartz; sister, Margaret Swindle of Old Hickory, Tenn.; and brothers William Brighton of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Jack Brighton of Hudson.
A celebration of life is planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Waldron Wesleyan Church, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Burial will follow in Leonardson Cemetery in Pittsford. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday, at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Waldron District Library or to the Waldron Wesleyan Church.