Celebration planned for Lipphardt turning 100

Mary Cramer Lipphardt

Family and friends will gather to celebrate the 100th birthday of Mary Cramer Lipphardt, formerly of Wheeling, now residing in Parkersburg.

Born Aug. 25, 1917. in Peterstown, W.Va., Lipphardt was the second of five children of Dr. L.L. and Laura Smith Cramer. Her father’s medical career with the mining industry moved the family around the state. Lipphardt graduated from Harrisville High School in 1935 before heading to Wheeling to attend the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing from which she graduated cum laude in 1939. She loved her work as a pediatric nurse, serving as head nurse and nursing instructor. In 1943, she married Lt. Col. John W. (Jack) Lipphardt Sr.

She has two children, John W. (Jack) Lipphardt Jr. (Nancy) and Marilyn Lipphardt Smith (Roger), four grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Her son’s step family added an additional seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and three great greats. She is a beloved sister and aunt to many. She was a “neighborhood mom” when her children were young.

Active at Christ United Methodist Church Wheeling, she participated in Sunday School and Bible studies and served on church boards and committees. She was engaged with her children’s activities at school, band scouting, church youth fellowship and choir and PTA. She and her husband always made their children’s friends feel welcome in their home. She now attends St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Parkersburg.

Other lifetime activities included Red Cross bloodmobile, Kings Daughters, Women’s Club of Wheeling and a bridge club. A particular joy was leading her church women’s circle in candy making before Easter and Christmas, raising thousands of dollars to support children’s ministries of the House of the Carpenter Inc.

Not afraid of anything, she went zip lining at age 95 and motorcycle riding at 97. She still wants to parachute from an airplane.

Friends and family will gather at 12:45 p.m. Friday on her birthday at Wyngate Senior Living Community where cards may be sent to her at 1 Wyngate Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26105.