Family-Placed Death Notice
LIPSITT, Jeanne On July 19th, Jeanne Elliott Lipsitt died of complications of primary liver cancer. Jeanne was born on January 11th, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia to Russell Elliott (deceased) and Evelyn Elliott. She was the second oldest of six children. Jeanne attended Walker High School - now known as Ron McNair. Her father, Russell, worked for C&S Railroad in a job that required him to relocate many times. She lived in Atlanta, Mount Carmel, Illinois, Bremen, Georgia, Cincinnati and Corydon, Indiana as well as Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jeanne attended Saint Joseph's and Dekalb Nursing School. She worked at Shallowford Hospital as an Orthopedics Nurse, then transferred to coronary care. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital for twenty years. She started at the downtown campus of Saint Joseph's then moved to the current location. Jeanne was the day supervisor of the coronary care unit. It was here that she met her husband, cardiologist Michael Lipsitt, MD. They were married in 1988. Jeanne loved to exercise. While at Saint Joseph's, she led an after hours aerobic exercise class. Jeanne ran 10 marathons and came in second in her age group (40-44) in her first effort in the Savannah Marathon in 1982. She was an accomplished horseback rider and enjoyed Dressage as well as English Cross Country and Western Pleasure Riding. Jeanne was a member of the Elliott Clan Society and published the international news letter for the Elliot Clan for 20 years. Jeanne was active in the Medical Association of Georgia Alliance and served as state president in 1999. She traveled throughout the state to visit local chapters. During her tenure, the Alliance had its largest increase in membership in the recent era. Jeanne was a tireless crusader against tobacco products. She served as the CEO of the Georgia Clean Air Coalition and with the leadership of Senator Don Thomas, was able to eliminate cigarettes from all public places in Georgia. Jeanne's humanitarian efforts included participation in Jewish Healthcare International with medical missions to Minsk, Belarus, Kishenev, and Odessa in the Ukraine. Jeanne served as the coordinator for the program in Minsk and lectured on home health issues as well as tobacco cessation. Jeanne's final humanitarian effort was to spend a week at the JHI site in Gondar, Ethiopia last April and subsequently arranged for Eyasu Minas, a 29 year old Ethiopian, to travel from Gondar to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA where he underwent lifesaving triple valve surgery. Jeanne is survived by her husband, Michael Lipsitt, MD, as well as her two daughters, Virginia Lipsitt Wiggs and Emma Rose Lipsitt; and son-in-law Andy Wiggs. Her two granddaughters "the loves of her life" Hayden and Isabelle; her mother, Evelyn Elliott; sisters Evelyn Davis and Anne Nowack; brothers Steven, Kevin, and Patrick Elliott; a multitude of nieces and nephews and her faithful companion dog, Sophie Mae Lipsitt. Please sign the online guestbook at www.edressler.com. Services will be held graveside TODAY, Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 2:30PM at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt Vernon Hwy NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, with Rabbi Fred Greene officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Atlanta Food Bank which Jeanne supported for many years. Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care is in charge of arrangements. 770.451.4999.