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Dena Hipps of Marysville, WA was born at home in Oak Harbor, WA on New Year's Day, 1922. She entered into eternal rest very peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 surrounded by the love of her family.
Dena Ronhaar Hipps
She was the oldest child of Arthur and Stella Ronhaar and was the last surviving sibling.
Four brothers, Charles, Floyd, Richard, Reuben and one sister, Esther Mae preceded her in death.
Her childhood was spent on Whidbey Island working with her family on their farm. She graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1940 and worked for a time at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Base.
In her early twenties, Dena moved to Washington, DC and then to Buffalo, NY, where she met and married Joseph Stegmeier. Together they raised five children. They owned and successfully ran Stegmeier's Bakery until Joseph passed away in 1970. Upon her husband's death, Dena moved back to Marysville, WA and several years later, married Linton Hipps. He preceded her in death on September 14, 1987.
Mrs. Hipps was a woman of many talents. She volunteered her time generously at Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims and also at the Marysville Visitor's Center. She was involved in local politics and very proud of being a Precinct Committee chair woman. She created beautiful quilts, tole painted, made ceramic dolls, was an excellent seamstress, but most of all, she was known for her delicious and healing soups which she generously shared with all. Dena had a love of gardening, both flowers as well as vegetables. Above all the other passions in her life, her love of her God, family and friends was most poignant.
She leaves behind three sons, Frank Stegmeier, Paul (Sally) Stegmeier, and Louis (Diane) Stegmeier; as well as two daughters, Barbara (Ray) Sturtz and Cynthia (Jim) Psaradelis. She is survived by her thirteen beloved grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Dena was extremely independent, adventurous, fearless and courageous but most of all she was a woman of devout faith. Her deep faith carried her through many serious health issues. She remained faithful onto death and has now received a crown of life.
Memorials can be made to the Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims, PO Box 1949, Everett, WA 98206. Services will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marysville Church of the Nazarene, 8240 64th St NE, Marysville, WA.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2012