Kimberly Louise Whitson Tipton, 55, of Mills River, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.
Kimberly was born in Burlington, NC, but considered herself a native of Asheville. She was a daughter of the late Jack and Billie Whitson. She was also preceded in death by her grandmother, Hettie Whitson.
Kimberly was a retired elementary school teacher, having worked half of her career for the Asheville City School System and half for the Henderson County School System. She was proud of her education, having earned a Masters Degree in Education from Western Carolina University, which made her a Catamount alumni. She will always be remembered as a wonderful and loving wife, mother, sister and friend.
Kimberly is survived by her husband of 29 years, Wayne Tipton; one son, Jacob Tipton and his wife Christa; one daughter, Kady Tipton; one brother, Dean Whitson and his wife Teresa; in-laws, Donald and Lillian Tipton; sister-in-law, Vicki Tipton and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, February 17 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.
Flowers are appreciated, but for those who choose, memorial donations may be made in Kimberly's name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (ww5.komen.org).