Rae Kipf

July 26, 2001

A celebration of life will be conducted Sunday in La Jolla for Rae Kipf, 95, of Del Mar, a former Brawley resident who died Sunday in Del Mar.

Mrs. Kipf was born Oct. 2, 1905, in Palouse, Wash. She was the daughter of Charles R. and Florence McCaw Miller.

As a young girl, she maintained a perfect attendance record in Washington schools. She graduated from Merced High School, San Jose State University and earned a degree in education from Oregon State University in Corvallis in 1924.

She taught school in Salinas and Livingston until her marriage to George B. Amend in 1929. The couple lived in Santa Rosa until Mr. Amend's death in 1939. From that time, she taught at Santa Rosa High School and Chaffey High School in Ontario until moving to Brawley in 1944.


In Brawley, during a break from her teaching career, she managed Peggy Jeanne's dress shop. She married her second husband, E. Ted Kipf, in 1947. The Kipfs were active participants in Brawley's civic and social events.

After her husband's death in 1967, Mrs. Kipf resumed her teaching at Brawley Union High School, where she served as head of the high school's home economics department from 1952 to 1972, and was an innovator of the pre-school care program and family studies courses.

After her retirement, Mrs. Kipf moved to Irvine. Finally able to devote full-time to her creative talents, she was an early member of Esther Dendel's Thursday Workshop in Costa Mesa. With that group, Mrs. Kipf also traveled to Afghanistan, India, Greece, Ethiopia, Somalia, west and east Africa, France, Yugoslavia and Japan. As part of the workshop, she developed many weaving skills and cultural craft techniques that became part of several books authored by Mrs. Dendel.

Mrs. Kipf was a PEO member for over 70 years. She also was a weaver and painter, according to family.

Survivors include her daughters, Janet Carver of Springfield, Va., and Carole Labastida of La Jolla; grandchildren, Wendy Carver of Boston, Ted Carver of Haymarket, Va., Andrew Carver and Eric Labastida, both of San Diego, and Ryan Labastida of Vista; great-grandchildren, Elisabeth and Annemarie Carver, both of Haymarket, Va., and Derek Carver of San Diego; sisters, Ruth Lockie and Grace Dale, both of Pleasanton, and Alyce Howard of Santa Maria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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