Mary Whittle Tipton, who was a member of St. Raymond Parish in Menlo Park since its founding, died on June 24, just weeks after her 98th birthday.
A resident of Menlo Park since 1951, she and her husband, Benjamin P. Tipton, helped raise funds to build St. Raymond School in Menlo Park, intending to send their five children there. And they did.
Mary Tipton graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart Menlo with the Class of 1939. She was a graduate of San Francisco College for Women/Lone Mountain, and earned a master's degree in library science from the University of California, Berkeley.
She worked as a librarian at the University of San Francisco, and later on the Peninsula and at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, according to her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Benjamin. She is survived by her children Steve, Ann, Louise, Elaine and Mark; and eight grandchildren.