Caroline Gluek Chipley, known to everyone as "CC", reluctantly yet quietly passed away from this life on Monday, April 15.
She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from Wheaton College with a Masters in Library Science. But her passion was found in the kitchen.
She will be remembered as a talented and accomplished cook, working most of her life with foods and with food services. "What's Cooking" was an enchanting little cooking supply store she owned and operated in Warrenton, Virginia, for a few years before she retired.
She married Tom Chipley, a marginally employed aircraft designer, in 1998. Happily, she never regretted either of these decisions (except occasionally). It was the second marriage for each of them. And it was magic.
In 2005, while looking for something else, they found themselves in The Shenandoah Valley where they cooked up a wonderful well seasoned life in The Tree House, a simple little sauce pan of a cabin clinging to the slippery slope of a smallish mountain not far west of Mount Jackson.
She was happily involved with the activities of The Art Group Gallery in the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Center in Mount Jackson, where she was loved and respected for her regular culinary treats to the food table at the First Friday events at the Center. For this, if no other reason, she will be missed by any and all who attended these events.
She was kind and generous, and a push-over for stray dogs and cats needing a happy home.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Chipley, two sisters: Lise Holt, and Martha Evancich of Edenton and Boston respectively, and by a brother, Charles Gluek Jr., of Montreal, Canada. She was predeceased by both her parents.
She had no children of her own, but enjoyed the role of step-mom and step-grandma to Tom's two grown daughters, and their five children: Kate Scattergood (Shelby 18, Chloe, 15, and Jack 13), and Carter McClelland (Conner 5 and Genna 3). Two dogs (Mrs. Waggs and BB) and 3.75* cats who shall not be named here.
This is a short obit for an exciting and well loved lady who's life is far richer than this short piece can illustrate. An obituary is a formality, but I believe it should and could be a great deal more. I think of it as a quick sketch of the life of the loved one. No one can be fully illustrated in only 470 words it takes a lifetime of typing as fast as possible to frame even the least of us. And CC was a complex lady with many rooms in the mansion of her mind. As well as a closet or two. She will be remembered fondly and missed greatly. And I canát imagine a better benediction.
In lieu of flowers, CC would appreciate a donation, large or small, to The Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Center in Mount Jackson.
*One of the four cats has only three legs.
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