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Isabella Prentice McGowan Tipping


1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Isabella Prentice McGowan Tipping Obituary

Isabella Prentice McGowan Tipping, 82, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away, after a short battle with cancer, in the early hours of February 2, 2014, with her family at her bedside. Isabel was born on June 17, 1931 in the village of Morningside, Scotland. An only child, at the age of 24, she embarked on an ocean voyage to Canada with three friends. It was during this crossing she met the man who would be her husband for 57 years.

Accompanied by her family, she lived in 4 provinces of Canada, headed south to Texas, returned to Great Britain, and resettled in Texas, before establishing her home of the last 33 years in Bellevue, Washington.

She had two passions -- her family and her singing. She was the guiding force in the local church choir of all towns where she had a home. In Bellevue, she also was a member of the Sunshine Girls choral group and played a key role in their musical performances.

She and her husband made frequent visits to relatives in Great Britain. They traveled to numerous destinations in Europe, North and South America with the intention of exploring the local countryside on foot. In King County WA, she could often be heard practicing her next singing performance while hiking along the nature trails.

She dedicated her life to raising her five children, who she loved dearly. She was noted for her concern for the wellbeing of others. This was exemplified by her desire to seek a thread common between her life and the lives of others.

She is survived by husband, Kenneth Tipping, five children, with spouses and six grandchildren: David and Rosrio Tipping, children, Andre;, Anthony and Daniel of Rochester, UK; Liz and Mark Conner of Richmond TX, children, Kara, Corey, and Kristi; Alan and Tina Tipping of Charlotte, NC; Ken and Lori Tipping of West Des Moines, IA; and Katy and Alex Munday of Mill Creek, WA.

The memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on February 22, 2014, at Bellewood Presbyterian Church, 10936 NE 24th St., Bellevue, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Evergreen Hospice (www.evergreenhealth.com) or World Vision (http://www.wvi.org).

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Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 10 to Feb. 16, 2014
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