Mary Jane Hunter Tipton, age 72, of Benton, AR, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at Bryant, AR. She was born July 11, 1943, at Cove, AR, the third child of Kelsey and Stella George Hunter. She graduated from Wickes High School in 1962. She was married to Harold Tipton on Dec. 22, 1962, at Hugo, OK.
They moved to Benton, AR in 1965 and she spent the remainder of her life there. She loved flowers and birds above all else, and was famous for her beautiful yard full of flowers, and for the bluebird and martin houses, always overrun with birds.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Tipton of Benton; one daughter, Kandyce and her husband Rodney Miller of Benton; one son, Kerrick Tipton, of Benton. She is also survived by grandsons, Seth Turbyfill of Oklahoma City, OK, Stefen Turbyfill of N. Little Rock, AR, and Dalton Tipton of Benton; by granddaughters, Ariel Tipton of Hot Springs and Brittney Tipton and two sons of Benton. Also survived by one sister, Joyce and her husband Bob Tipton of Cove, and two brothers, Jerry Hunter and wife Barbara of Whitesboro, OK and Jimmy Hunter and wife Shelley of Wickes. She is also survived by one aunt, Earline Smith of Sherwood, AR, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and by one sister, Wanda Jean Winfield.
She was sent for cremation, and following her wishes, there will be no memorial service. Her request: “Family and friends wishing to memorialize me may do so by thinking of me with a smile when they see a yard full of flowers or hear the soft song of a blue bird.” Those who loved her will certainly do this.