Ruth Laverne (Lippold) Townsend


Ruth Laverne (Lippold) Townsend, of Payson, died Jan. 1, 2007. She was 87.

She was born Dec. 31, 1919 in Texarkana, Texas, to Charles Nicholas Lippold and Ethel Grace (Overmyer) Lippold.

She helped assemble aircraft during World War II.

She devoted her life to her children and pulled them and her husband through his career in the U.S. Navy and numerous relocations.

She was the wife of Paul Franklin Townsend for 63 years.

Preceding her in death were her sister Grace Viola King and her brother, Charles Hartman Lippold.

She is survived by her sisters, Elsie Maxine Power of California and Dorothy Eloise Smock of Payson; and brother, Glen Marion Lippold of Nebraska.

Services were held Jan. 4 at Messinger Funeral Home in Payson. An online guestbook is available at

Donations may be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.

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