Dora M. Tipton

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dora M. Winterbottom Tipton, 86 of Glenns Ferry, passed away on Friday, October 23, 2009. Per her request, no services are planned.

Dora was born on May 27, 1923, to Jess and Crystal Shelley of Mt Pleasant, Utah. Dora's early life was shaped by the hard work of a small family farm life, where she developed her very strong work ethic and dedication to excellence. Dora was the captain of her all boys high school basketball team as well as the pitcher and captain of the all boys baseball team. Dora graduated Valedictorian from Mt Pleasant High School. Later in her life she married Thomas "Tom" Herald Winterbottom and with her new husband came Tom's two children Jody and Tommy, whom she raised with her soon to be born children Jerry and Ralph. Dora and Tom were married for 32 years before Tom passed away.

Dora remarried to Henry Clay "Tip" Tipton of Pocatello with whom she spent the next 16 years of her life until Tip's passing in 1991. Dora served as a baker, restaurant manager, school lunch program cook and chef for the remaining portion of her working life.

After retiring and widowed for the second time in her life she opened her home to many college students, one in particular student, Kazi Ahmed stayed with Dora for three years while finishing his Doctorate and he became her adopted son and his family becoming an extension of her ever growing family.

Dora was a shining star as a woman for her time. She never left responsibilities to others and was there with a helping hand for others in need. Dora was secretary and Sunday school teacher for many years.

Dora was a truly remarkable woman, mother and good friend to many and her love, counsel and a sterling presents will be missed greatly by those who knew her.

Dora is survived by her two sons Jerry and Ralph Winterbottom, their wives, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Dora was also survived by her sisters and brothers LaVerne Bond, June Morris, Elwin Shelley, Virginia Lund, Clare Shelley and their families.