Jo Reta Lankford Nipp

Jo Reta Lankford Nipp
Jo Reta Lankford Nipp

Jo Reta Lankford Nipp, 89, of Amarillo, TX died Monday, October 26, 2020.

Memorial services will be Saturday, October 31, 2020, 11:00 am, at Saint Stephen United Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Jo Reta was born on February 5, 1931, in Martha, Oklahoma, to Frank and Irene Lankford. She was a graduate of Blair High School in 1949.

She married Gerald Wayne Nipp on September 10, 1950. Jo Reta worked as a telephone operator while her husband, Gerald, finished his degree in Education. She worked as a teacher’s aide at Glenwood Elementary in Amarillo for over 20 years. Jo was best known for the love and care she gave to raising her two sons and the support to her husband in his coaching and administrative career. Jo (VaVa) continued to be her family’s biggest cheerleader, as she attended all the many activities of her six grandchildren.

She was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, Phillip Lankford and Roland Lankford, and sister, DeErma Tippie.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald Nipp Jr. and wife Debra of Amarillo, and Bruce Nipp and wife Toni of Frisco; grandchildren, Justin Nipp and wife Jordan of Ft Worth, Tiffany Nipp of Katy, Teal Nipp and husband Jerry Hagan of Denver, Jordan Nipp and wife Kristi of Brock, William Nipp of Austin, and Haylee Nipp of Ft Worth; three great-grandchildren, Owen, Harper, and Duke; two more great-grands expected in the spring; sisters-in-law, Mary Lankford of Altus, OK, and Nelda Lankford of Amarillo.

The family suggests memorials to The Alzheimer’s Association or Polk Street UMC, 1401 S. Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101.

9 Replies to “Jo Reta Lankford Nipp”

  1. Our condolences to you Coach Nipp for the loss of your mother May she rest in heaven May her crazy shiny shoes shine down on all of you forever ❤ Peace & Prayers ❤

  2. Gerald & Bruce, both you and your mom and dad are happy memories in my life. I am sorry for your loss of them. May God Bless each of you and your families. I remember our good times both at Wesley and our working relationships at school. It has been my honor to have shared common interests with your family. Both Jo and Gerald influenced positively the futures of many young people in Amarillo, as well as yours, their sons and your families. Their strong influence within our community will be missed.

  3. Gerald, Bruce, Justin and family,
    My sincere condolences at the loss of Mrs. Nipp. Hope the Good Lord gives you all comfort during this difficult time.
    Don E. Williams

  4. She was a wonderful lady. You are loved and will be missed by so many. ❤️ Aunt Jo Reta. There is a big reunion at the Pearly Gates with The Nipp’s, Lankford’s and the Chesser’s. What a great bunch of ANGELS we have watching over all of us.

  5. Jo Reta, my church friend, brightened the lives of many of us for many years. She was a beautiful, delightful human being. My deepest sympathy to all of her family.

  6. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. I loved going to visit my mom at Heartis and Mrs. Nipp would come across the hall and visit with us. Brief memories about volleyball games would frequent the conversation. Such a sweet, kind lady.

  7. Gerald & Bruce – Your Mom & Dad were good friends of ours when they lived in Woodward when you guys were just little. Little did we know at that time, Gerald you would grow up & become our son-in-law. We’ve enjoyed sharing so many sporting events & other occasions with your folks over the years–from your coaching years to watching your kids participate. We’ve missed those activities in recent years. With much Love, Don & Ramona

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