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.