DELIGHTED to leave this mortal experience behind, Amaryllis Lindsey Tippetts left her dear family and friends on May 2, 2023.
Born on September 14, 1943 to Delbert and Ruth Lindsey in the little town of Gilmer, Texas. She was named after a character in The Magic Garden by Gene Stratton Porter. Not having heard of an amaryllis lily, her mother pronounced the name with an emphasis on the mare - like a lady horse. She explained her name for the rest of her life and felt thankful she was not named Ranunculus or Petunia.
No stranger to struggle, her character developed in the crucible of life. She was known for her desire to find joy and gratitude for simple things, her tenacity of purpose (that the world sometimes calls stubbornness), her sense of humor and wit, her insistence on true living, and her gentle compassion and love. Her artistic nature found vent in volumes of journals and family histories, beautiful paintings and the creation of greetings cards and “Ebenezer stones” of encouragement and love received by those she noticed.
Amaryllis was the oldest sister of five siblings whom she cared for until her college days at BYU. Serving in the Florida mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she met Elder Larry Tippetts. Though impressed with his dimples and horn-rimmed glasses, his testimony and compassionate nature, it was later that she felt impressed to see him as the partner who would be her committed eternal companion. Together they have laughed, sobbed and held to each other (most the time) through 55 years and 8 months of marriage. Five children, 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren have brought joy (most of the time) to their lives. WE LOVE YOU! We feel your blessing on us once again: The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (Numbers 6: 24-26)
Amaryllis is survived by her husband Larry Tippetts; children Steve Tippetts, Heather (David) Gilliat, Joe (Mindy) Tippetts, and Jared (Cesily) Tippetts; 18 grandchildren Brooke, Lindsee, Natasha, David, Henry, Kurtis, Stephen, Amy, Abigail, Alysa, Benson, Matthew, Christian, Lucy, Zion, Dallin, Eden and Gracelyn; and 3 great-grandchildren Clark, Finn and Sam. She is preceded in death by her eldest son Scott Tippetts.
A viewing will be held Friday, May 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the LDS Ward Chapel, 2675 E. Mount Jordan Rd, Sandy. Funeral services will be held at the same chapel Saturday, May 6th at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing from 9:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 South) Sandy, Utah.
For those unable to attend, services will be streamed via Zoom. Please visit www.larkinmortuary.com
Life Story Info
Aunt Amaryllis was so welcoming and bright spirited. Many times during my college years in the Wasatch front, while on my travels, I was hosted at her dining room table. I enjoyed uplifting conversation over a bowl of soup and crackers, or sometimes a puzzle. I always left warmed, uplifted, and feeling brighter about whatever was next. I love how this part of her is present in each of her children. A legacy for sure. Love you Aunt Amaryllis and thank you.