Barbara Marshall Sipp, age 90 of Madison, formerly of Blanchardville, died on Monday, June 17, 2013 at University of Wisconsin hospital after a short illness. She was born January 28, 1923 in Emad, Louisiana, to Houston Sherman and Jessie (Martin) Henderson. She attended Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She lived and worked in Ft. Worth until 1959 when she married Verne Allen (Bud) Marshall, Jr. and moved to Blanchardville, Wisconsin. There she was active in the Blanchardville United Methodist Church, Blanchardville Women's Club and eventually began work as a secretary for Cecor Corporation in Verona, Wisconsin. When Bud Marshall died in 1979 Barbara remained in Blanchardville until she met and married Thurman Sipp. Thurm and Barb lived in rural Blanchardville until Thurm died very suddenly in 1991. It was then that Barbara moved to Madison. Barb was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a marvelous hostess and cook, an avid golfer and a faithful member of Asbury Methodist Church. Barbara was a world traveler and a Red Cross volunteer for over 20 years, and she once received the Volunteer of the Year award. She was a woman of great strengths and accomplishments. She will be remembered by her family for a life lived to the fullest.
Barbara is survived by her only child, daughter Cindy (Curt) Larson of Sun City West, AZ and two grandsons—Eric (Carrie) Larson (Laramie, WY) and Peter Larson (Phoenix,AZ). The family requests no flowers. Memorials will be used to set up college scholarships for Blanchardville/Pecatonica students. There will be a private family service and burial. A public celebration of life reception will be held at Biaggi’s Restaurant, 601 Junction Rd. Madison on Tuesday, June 25th from 4-7 p.m. Friends and family are welcome.
The family would like to thank these very special friends: Diane Gaskill, Jean Soper Klug, Connie and Chuck Soper, Doris Brockman, and Sharon Patch.
The Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardville is assisting the family. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.saetherfuneralhome.com
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