Mary Cramer Lipphardt, 101, resident of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Wheeling, WV, died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the Wyngate Senior Living Community, Parkersburg, WV.
Mary was born on August 25, 1917 in Peterstown, WV.
She was the second of five children of Dr. L. L. and Laura Smith Cramer. Her father’s medical career with the mining industry moved the family around the state.
She graduated from Harrisville High School in 1935 before heading to Wheeling to attend the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing from which she graduated cum laude in 1939. She loved her work as a pediatric nurse, serving as head nurse and nursing instructor.
In 1943, she married Lt. Col. John W. (Jack) Lipphardt, Sr.
She has two children, Rev. John W. (Jack) Lipphardt, Jr. (Nancy) and Marilyn Lipphardt Smith (Rev. Dr. Roger); four grandchildren, Jodi Smith, Jay Lipphardt, Brian Smith (Sheryl), and Erich Lipphardt (Mindie); two great- grandchildren, John Noggy and Max Lipphardt; one brother, Robert E. Cramer (Marge); one sister, Tina Hazen. Her son’s step family added an additional seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-great- grandchildren. She is a beloved sister and aunt to many. She was a “neighborhood mom” when her children were young.
Active at Christ United Methodist Church, Wheeling, she participated in Sunday school and Bible studies and served on church boards and committees. She was engaged with her children’s activities at school, band, scouting, church youth fellowship and choir and PTA. She and her husband always made their children’s friends feel welcome in their home. She was attending St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Parkersburg.
Other lifetime activities included Red Cross bloodmobile, Kings Daughter, Women’s Club of Wheeling and a bridge club. A particular joy was leading her church women’s circle in candy making before Easter and Christmas, raising thousands of dollars to support children’s ministries of the House of the Carpenter, Inc.
Not afraid of anything, she went zip lining at age 95 and motorcycle riding at 97.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, 1232 National Road, Wheeling, with Rev. Jacob Steele officiating.
Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the House of the Carpenter Youth Center Fund, 200 South Front Street, Wheeling, WV, 26003, or to the United Methodist Foundation of WV, PO Box 3811, Charleston, WV, 25338- 3811, designated for the John W. and Mary C. Lipphardt Memorial Trust for the House of the Carpenter.
Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Road, Wheeling, WV, 26003. (304-232-2732).