ANN WHIPPLE Ann Whipple, devoted and loving wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, and friend passed away peacefully on March 25, 2017 in a local hospital. She is remembered by so many as a beautiful, statuesque, and gracious woman who seemed ageless. She had a huge heart for family and friends and always wanted to lend a helping hand. Ann was born on September 4, 1926 to Lew and Priscilla Haile in Amarillo, Texas where she grew up on a large cattle ranch with her four sisters. The stories of that time in her life have delighted many over the past years. During World War II, she met the love of her life, Tom Whipple, who was an instructor at Emerald AFB in Texas. They married in 1944. Following the War, they moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and then in 1956 moved to Chico, CA where Tom assisted his family in the operation of their businesses. Ann modeled her strong inner strength and courage when Tom died in 1978 and she began managing their newly formed business, West Industrial Park. Known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Grandma or Honey, she took great delight in family gatherings. One of her passions in life was devoted to spending time with them in all walks of their life. As they have grown, their love for her has provided all of us with such tender memories. Her family and friends will always remember Ann for her deep faith, gracious spirit, and exceptional hospitality. Ann loved hosting parties for family and friends for any celebration, and especially enjoyed sitting in her favorite chair while four generations of family swam in her beautiful backyard pool. Her family will always treasure the memories, which are dear to our hearts. Our "Yellow Rose of Texas" will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Ann is survived by her two children, Priscilla Montgomery(Greg) and Jack Whipple (Shirley); her grandchildren, John Whipple (Marilyn), Molly Scholes (Rich), Amy Haven (Matt), Bonnie Whipple, Mark Montgomery(Anne), and Chris Whipple; Her 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister Dora Lee Burgess. Dr. Sam Hui and his family of San Francisco were always part of our family circle. Since Ann always believed family included many friends, two dear friends we would like to thank for their devoted companionship are Diane Richard and Roger Hunt. Ann was predeceased by her husband, Tom, and her sisters Irene Smith, Mary Lew McCormick, and Polly Lorene. In respect to Ann's wishes a private service will be held for her family. Donations can be made to Enloe Hospital or Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico. To view this obituary online and leave condolences for the family please go to NewtonBracewell.com .
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