Jodie Mae Gipson

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Jodie Mae Gipson

Jodie Mae Gipson died on February 15, 2007, at Forest View Transitional Health Center in Everett. She was born in Batesville, Arkansas, on May 12, 1922, the second youngest of eight children born to Charles and Seddie Waugh.
Jodie was preceded in death by her son, Alexander Gipson; siblings, Reed Waugh, Charles Geroy Waugh, Clementine Ophelia Reams, David Waugh, and Maurice Waugh.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Carl C. Gipson; her sons, Carlton Gipson of Brier, and his wife Sheila; her son, Ron Gipson of Everett, and his wife Shirley; grandchildren, Carl A. Gipson and his wife Bethany, Karissa (Gipson) Richards, her husband Michael; and Jodie's great-grandson, Kahlil Richards; Monica, Lindsey and Taylor Gipson; and her siblings, Marietta Moore and Rosalie Jones, both of CA.
Jodie also leaves behind many close friends, neighbors, church family and her Dunbar Alumni family who will deeply miss her.
Jodie attended Dunbar High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, graduating in 1940. It was there that she met the love of her life, Carl Gipson. In the beginning she didn't have the time of day for Carl but after finding out that he knew the owner of a local club where the high school kids liked to hang out, dance and listen to music, she suddenly found time to talk with him. The school has since closed, but local chapters still live on. Jodie belonged to the Dunbar Alumni Seattle Chapter and still had many close friends there who will miss her.
Carl and Jodie were first introduced to Everett during Carl's tour of duty with the Navy during World War II – they moved there permanently in 1947. The couple's first home was in the "Projects" where they lived for a brief period of time before moving out to Lake Stevens, Washington. In 1954 they purchased their first house in Everett, where Carl still resides. After the move to Everett, Jodie worked for the Scott Paper Company to help with the family finances. Later she worked for General Telephone and Electric (GTE) until her retirement in 1987. When she wasn't working crazy shifts at Scott Paper she would help Carl run his nightclub, The Ebony Club, located on Bond Street.
Jodie was a member of Second Baptist Church in Everett where she served as a Deaconess for most of her time there. She also played piano, sang in the choir and served on the Usher Board and Missionary Boards of the church.
Jodie liked to sew, knit and crochet. She could often be found behind her commercial grade sewing machine working on a dress or making something for one of her grandchildren.
Jodie was a strong woman who believed that one had to work hard for what one wanted. She always wanted more for her family than what she had had for herself. She believed in the value of education. It was her wish that her children attend college. She knew the value of a higher education and how it was the only way her children would better themselves. It was a wish that came true as she was able to see all three of her sons graduate from college.
Jodie believed strongly in family and family values. She cherished the many family celebrations she and Carl would attend for their children and grandchildren.
Jodie also loved to dance to the sounds of rhythm and blues in her youthful years. She and Carl held house parties with lots of food and loud music with dancing into the morning hours. Jodie loved her mint-condition 1984 Cadillac; fur coats, fancy hats, shoes, beautiful gowns and the color purple. She always liked to dress up and go out on the town.
Jodie was a Godly woman who believed right was right and wrong was wrong. She provided the direction, strength and glue that the family needed from time to time to keep everything together. She is now with our Savior Jesus Christ and dancing on the streets of gold pain free.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Wednesday to Friday, February 21 through February 23, 2007.
Services will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2007, at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2007
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