MaryBelle Amy Laipple Kimmy, age 97, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Masonic Village at Sewickley, Pa. Born at home on her parents’ farm in Teepleville (Richmond Township), PA on March 28, 1919, MaryBelle Kimmy (nee Amy) grew up in the Richmond Township area attending the two-room schoolhouse in New Richmond, PA. She attended Meadville High School for her senior year and graduated from there in 1936. She briefly attended Westminster College in Kimmy, MaryBelleNew Wilmington before marrying Charles Laipple in 1938. They had two children – Vivian Marie Laipple, born in 1942, and Douglas Kay Laipple , born in 1944, before divorcing in 1946. During her marriage she worked at Talon Fasteners in Meadville.

Mrs. Laipple supported herself and her two children by selling State Farm Insurance until her marriage to Herbert Kimmy on May 5, 1950. She and Mr. Kimmy and the two children lived on a dairy farm in Athens Township and had another child – Kim Elaine, born in 1954. Mr. and Mrs. Kimmy sold their farm and moved to Valrico, FL in 1979 where they enjoyed volunteer work and hobbies until March, 2005. She wrote a newspaper column entitled “From PA. to FL.” for many years which was published weekly by Brown-Thompson Newspapers, headquartered in Union City. She and her husband moved temporarily to Homestead Hearth retirement home in Athens Township, PA, one mile from their former dairy farm, until moving later that year to the Masonic Village at Sewickley near Pittsburgh. There she enjoyed a myriad of activities including playing the piano for church services, e-mailing friends, playing bingo, and participating in door decorating contests.

Mrs. Kimmy was a life-long pianist and organist, worked as Athens Township Republican Committee Chair for many years, was active in the Grange, Eastern Star, Republican Women, various charities, and taught adult Sunday School classes for 20 years at Little Cooley United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling and visited 49 States, border areas of Canada and Mexico, and went twice to Europe. She also enjoyed researching genealogy, scrapbooking and keeping a diary.

She is survived by her three children – Vivian Laipple (Mrs. Gerald) Brown of Sun City Center, FL, Dr. Douglas (Rebecca) Laipple of Rome, GA, and Kim Kimmy (Richard) Tomczak of Edmonds, WA; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in addition to her parents – Howard and Blanche Sayre Amy and her husband, Herbert, who died July 28, 2006, by an infant sister, and a brother – Forrest Sayre Amy.

A scattering of ashes ceremony is being planned for November 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Home, where she and her husband were so well cared for, at Gift, Masonic Village of Sewickley, 1000 Masonic Drive, Sewickley, PA 15143; or to the Little Cooley United Methodist Church, 32732 Teepleville Road, Centerville, PA 16404.