Joyce Kippenberger

Joyce Kippenberger

Monday, July 26th, 1937 - Saturday, September 21st, 2019
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Joyce Kippenberger, 82. Abilene, Kansas, passed away on September 21, 2019, after a brief illness at Village Manor in Abilene. Joyce was born July26, 1937 in Enid, Oklahoma, and shortly after graduation, she moved with her family to Abilene in 1954. Joyce married Gordon Kippenberger on August 30, 1958 at St. Andrews Church. They recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. Joyce began her professional career at age 17 at Citizens Bank (Pinnacle Bank) as a bookkeeper. She retired after completing 40 plus years of dedicated service. Many of her closest friends, as well as her favorite memories, revolve around her years at the bank. Throughout Joyce’s life, she remembered others with special cards. Flowers, and food. Each of us will miss those beautifully written remembrances. Joyce enjoyed the seasons decorating their home with treasured keepsakes and always the perfect wreath for the season. Her home for the last 48 years on Hawk Road was her refuge; she absolutely was an avid bird watcher often calling family with a description of the beauty she witnessed on the farm. Her creative side also involved ceramics and creating lasting pieces that were given to family members and which remain very precious keepsakes. Joyce has spent her entire life as a generous and quiet giver; charities, organizations, and even strangers have received her blessed gifts. She enjoyed her time with Meals on Wheels as a volunteer. Joyce was a member of St. Andrews for 60
years and was involved in the women’s group and the prayer circle which allowed her to stay involved even as her health declined. Joyce was devoted to her faith which sustained her throughout out her life. Joyce was the oldest of five siblings; she was the sister that watched over us. Joyce was predeceased by her parents Mr. And Mrs. Joy Combs; her sister Darlene Combs Short; her in-laws Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kippenberger. Joyce is survived by her husband Mr. Gordon Kippenberger (Village Manor Abilene); brother Mr. Dan Combs (Melody) of Whitesboro, Texas; Mr. Phil Combs (Nancy) of Edmond, Oklahoma; sister Mrs. Joan Kelly (Terry) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Mrs. Betty Krenger (Ed). Joyce was very fond of her nephews, nieces, and godchildren and cherished their visits, phone calls, and gifts.
As a family, we appreciate the love and care shown Joyce and Gordon by neighbors Mr. And Mrs. Gary Bacon and family; Joyce considered them family. Her Village Manor family was a devoted group of compassionate caregivers; we are forever grateful for their love for Joyce. Respecting our sister’s wishes, she has been cremated and her family will celebrate her life 11:00AM Friday July 24, 2020 with a with a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Andrews Catholic Church with Fr. Peter O'Donnell officiating. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 10:30 AM before the Mass. Donations in Joyce’s memory may be to Meals on Wheels, St. Andrews School, or a charity of your choice.
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