Vivian ‘Babe’ Highland

1922 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Vivian ‘Babe’ Highland

March 22, 1922 – July 11, 2013

She was 92 years old when on July 11, 2013 Vivian

Highland patiently and peacefully began a wonderful

new life in Heaven. Always a lady of style, she was

never without her red lipstick, not even on that

special day. Born at Lake Chelan, Washington in

March of 1921, her parents named her Vivian, but

many friends knew her better as “Babe.”

One of mom’s favorite memories from her charmed

childhood on Lake Chelan was going with her dad on

their ‘Launch’ as he took a young Elizabeth Taylor

and the dog Lassie up lake where they were filming

the movie “Lassie Come Home.” Perhaps that was

when Vivian’s love for dogs began. Much of her life

always included a dog and she was dedicated to

doing her part by actively helping Humane Societies

no matter where she was living. In her senior year

in high school, she was chosen ‘Princess Chelan.’

The next few years found her working at Miller’s

Department Store in Wenatchee and then in

Chelan working with her dad at the Chelan Transfer

Company. A true Chelan native, she packed apples

in the winter. She then moved to Seattle and worked

as a sales representative for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co.

For many years, she was manager of Brown’s Beauty

Supply in Yakima and then later in East Wenatchee.

One year, she even opened her own candy store in

Lake Chelan. Being the strong and independent

woman Vivian was, she worked and lived not only in

Washington, but also in California and for two years

in Lake Chalupa, Mexico where she was convinced

she could live cheaper on Social Security.

In 1944, she married Leo Lippincott in Chelan

while Leo was serving in the Navy during World War

II. From that union, came two wonderful and talented

children: Pam (Bruce) Bond and Patrick (Linda)

Lippincott. Vivian’s later years found her contentedly

settled back in Walla Walla where her children lived,

enjoying her dog Magoo, and the fruits of her good

life. Grandchildren: Tonyel Nelson (Matthew), Linc

Lippincott (Lauren), Dayatra Jorden (Shawn) and

Colt Lippincott. Step Grandchildren: Nacole Watts

(Brandon), Kaprina Jones (Dallas), David Brown

(Emily) and Jeanette Hammond-Brown (Aron).

Great Grandchildren: Gracie Nelson, Shaylee and

Alexis Jones, Rieken and Aleah Watts, Story Jorden,

Ryan and Casey Brown, Honor Hammond-Brown.

All of the children referred to her as Grammie Hi.

Known for her spunk, she had a great sense of

humor and loved surprises. It did not matter how

much time or work went into the plan. A wonderful

cook and classy host, dinner at Mom’s was always

an event. She would do anything for the surprise

and enjoyment of the family she loved. While

living in Yakima, Vivian began her true love and

gift of needlepoint. The patience and dedication

to perfection has left many amazing and beautiful

pieces that are truly a legacy for all her family to

enjoy and cherish.

Mom’s life was lived to the fullest and as her family,

we are still trying to catch our breath when we think

about her journey. Though we will miss this wonderful

lady, we believe she was greeted with much joy and

love by those who were waiting for her in Heaven.

Her parents Ray and Bertie Highland (Roland), her

former husband Leo Lippincott, her sister Emma

Clark and her dear grandson Christopher Mattson.

We know she will be keeping an eye on us all and

waiting patiently for her little dog Magoo to join her

on this new journey. Memorial contributions may be

made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society in her

name. A memorial service will be held in Chelan at

a later date.


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