MIDLAND Valera Rosalie Fuchs Bippen was born June 13, 1926 in Rosebud, Texas to the late Alois and Cidonia Kuhn Fuchs and went to her heavenly home on June 12, 2013. |
Valera attended school at Klattenhoff through the 9th grade and graduated in 1944 from Miles High School. Valera took the first Licensed Vocational Nursing class in Texas. She received her license and pin as an LVN in 1949.
Valera married Robert G. "Bob" Bippen in San Angelo, Texas and moved to Midland in 1952. Bob Bippen and Bob Davis owned a Humble Service Station in Midland from 1952 to 1956. Later Bob Bippen and J. C. Guthrie started Zenith Cleaners & Laundry and operated it for many years. Valera was the first female president of the 55 Plus Dance Club and she served in that role for nine years. Then she managed dances at the Odessa Moose Lodge for the Senior Citizens.
Valera loved helping people, doing arts and crafts, and dancing. Valera is also a member of one of the largest recorded families in Texas, the Hoelscher-Buxkemper Family.
Valera was preceeded in death by her husband, Robert G. "Bob" Bippen, her parents Alois and Cidonia Fuchs of Miles, TX, her in-laws Herbert and Gessina Bippen of Bowling Green, MO, her in-laws Herb and Elsie Bippen of St. Louis, MO.
She is survived by her brother, Winkler B. Fuchs (Lee) of Augusta, GA, sister-in-law Loretta Betts of Las Vegas, NV, daughter Gloria Robertson, daughter Terry Tucker (Gary), and son Stan Bippen (Jody), all of Midland, TX. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tuesdie Richmond (Cody) of Blanket, TX, Celeste Dickinson (Jimmy) of Odessa, TX, Kourtney Taylor (Colby) of Odessa, TX, Bryan Bippen (Ashlee) of Bradenton, FL, Samantha Jones of Midland, TX, Cindy Young (Neil) of Kingwood, TX, Brad Robertson of Midland, TX, Mike Robertson (Kelly) of Cumming, GA. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, Meagan, Brooklynn, and Preslee Richmond, Zachary and Lyndsey Carder, Brooke Tucker and Stephen Taylor, Emily and Lynnsey Young, Audrey Oetting and Drew Robertson, and soon to arrive Keeva Bippen. Valera is also survived by nieces and nephews Cherie McElligott (Mike) of Washington, DC, Winkie Hayes (John) of Germany, Merl Fuchs (Phyllis) of San Antonio, TX, Kenny Betts and Ralph Betts (Christina) of Nevada, and Herb Bippen, Jr. of China.
Visitation will be at Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home & Chapel in Midland, TX on Monday, June 17, 2013, from 6-8 p.m.
The Funeral Mass will take place at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Midland, TX on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside service and burial will be at Harriett Community Cemetery in Harriet, TX (near San Angelo) on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Pall Bearers: Stan Bippen, Gary Tucker, Brad Robertson, Mike Robertson, Bryan Bippen, Jimmy Dickinson, Colby Taylor, and Cody Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House Foundation Inc at 903 N Sam Houston Ave, Odessa, TX 79761, 432-580-0067.
Funeral service is under the direction of Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home, 2508 N. Big Spring St, Midland, Texas 79705. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Odessa American on June 16, 2013