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Lessie Roberta Lippiatt

HOUSTON, Texas — Lessie Roberta Lippiatt, 95, of Pleasanton, Texas, and formerly of Trevorton, passed away in Houston, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She was visiting her daughter when she developed a pulmonary embolism.

Born in Trevorton, Jan. 25, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Bertha Neihart Strausser and William Clarence Strausser. She was the third of six children and often spoke fondly of her childhood in the coal region of Pennsylvania and adventures on her grandparent's farm.

She played on the girls basketball team at Trevorton High School and was member of the class of 1935. Shortly thereafter, she trained to be a nurse at Danville State Hospital.

After Pearl Harbor, her boyfriend, John Crone "Jack" Lippiatt, enlisted in the Army Air Corps and she decided to also answer the call to serve her country as an Army nurse. Years later, she was told she was the first woman in the area to enlist. During the war, she and Jack were engaged. They were fortunate to have often been stationed close to each other and were able to visit. Jack would say in later years that she chased him half way around the world until he caught her. They were married May 30, 1946, at First Baptist Church, Trevorton.

After their marriage, they continued to live in Trevorton, where their first child, John, was born. A few years later they relocated to Lebanon, where their second child, Linda, was born. In 1965, the family relocated to San Antonio when Jack was transferred to Kelly Air Force Base after the closure of Olmsted Air Force Base in Harrisburg. After they both retired, they decided to move to a quieter place and chose Pleasanton, Texas.

Throughout her married life, Lessie continued her nursing career. Her primary interest was psychiatry. She also did a lot of private-duty nursing until she decided to hang up her nursing cap Jan. 27, 1978.

Throughout her life, Lessie enjoyed cooking and baking, often sharing cookies with friends and mailing dozens to her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, embroidery and other crafts. Every Christmas, she was proud of her tree, decorated only with ornaments she made herself. She also enjoyed gardening. Another passion she had was following the Spurs.

Wherever Lessie lived, it was important for her to also have a church family. She would teach Vacation Bible School and taught adult Sunday school until she was 93, which was about the same time she resigned her responsibility of chairing the board of outreach at St. John's Lutheran Church in Jordanton, Texas.

She is survived by a son, John William Lippiatt, and his wife, Barbara, of Damascus, Md.; a daughter, Linda Lippiatt Lamb, and her husband, Brent, of Bellaire, Texas; three grandchildren, John Henry Lippiatt, Bryon William Lamb and Sherry Marie Lippiatt; a brother, Henry Irvin "Yank" Strausser, of Lancaster; several nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a husband of 44 years, John Crone Lippiatt; a brother, William Robert Strausser, and three sisters, Hattie Strausser Knarr, Eileen Strausser Taylor and Bertha Strausser Wahmann.

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LIPPIATT — Lessie Roberta Lippiatt, 95, of Pleasanton, Texas, and formerly of Trevorton. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Ninth and Coal streets, Trevorton, with the Rev. Daniel Conklin officiating. Burial will be in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Robert G. Foust Jr. Funeral Home, 841 W. Shamokin Street, Trevorton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to .

Published in News Item on Jan. 2, 2013
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