Connie Rae Tipton

Connie Rae Tipton went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, after fighting a two-year battle with breast cancer.

She was born April 27, 1945, to Ray and Irene (Anderson) Hatfield in Enid, Oklahoma. Her mom died when Connie was 6 years old, but she was raised by her loving stepmother, Dorothy Hatfield. She grew up in the Owasso, Oklahoma, area, attending area schools.

In 1963 she moved to Kansas, where she met and married her first husband, Earnest L. Manly Sr. They had four children. He preceded her in death in 1968. She then married John R. Harris Sr. on July 25, 1969. Two children were born of this union. They divorced in 1992. Connie married Lloyd Tipton in October 2006 in Duncan, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on May 14, 2012. She then moved to Valley View, Texas, to be near her sister.

Connie worked at various nursing homes in Kansas and Oklahoma, and she loved caring for her residents. She also worked at National Garment in Chanute before it closed its doors. Mom loved her family and friends very much and will be greatly missed. She was a talented seamstress, loved playing cards, reading her Bible and spending time with her fur babies Max and Caesar and a cockatiel, Lucky, that drove her kids crazy.

Connie is survived by a son, Earnest L. Manly Jr. of Collinsville, Oklahoma; and five daughters, Saleta Shadley of Tulsa, Carolyn Manly of Parsons, Samantha (Jeff) Cowen of Parsons, Theresa (Justin) Houghton of Erie and Terry (Chris) Hoagland of Erie; 18 grandchildren, including a “bonus” grandson, John Harris Jr. and his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters of Weir; 21 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Doris Taylor, Janet Snodgrass, Beverly Sligar and Paula Edwards, all of Oklahoma, and Patricia Madkin of Valley View, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Irene Hatfield; her stepmom, Dorothy Hatfield; three brothers, Larry Brannan, Donnie Hatfield and infant brother Everett Hatfield; and a great-grandson.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Valley View Cemetery. Pastor Chris Watson is officiating.

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