Viola “Kay” (Brewer) Tipton, 86, of Van Buren passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at a local hospital. She was a retired receptionist for Stepping Stone School and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Natural Dam to the late Harve and Mentie (Brewer) Howell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Tipton; a daughter, Charlene Tipton; and a brother, Henry Howell.

Survivors include six sisters, Evelyn Dillon of Van Buren, Caroleen Nelson of Uniontown, Lera Fields of Mountainburg, Becky Leggett of Redding, Calif., and Francis Henson and Gale Howell, both of Uniontown; three brothers, Paul Howell and Ray Howell, both of Uniontown, and Lee Howell of Van Buren; and one grandson, Dakota Bowles and wife Kaela of Dyer.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Cremation and services are under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

The family will visit with friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, 917 E. U.S. 64, Alma.

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