In Memory: March 20

Mary Elizabeth Dove, 96, Vero Beach

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Dove, 96, of Vero Beach, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Born in 1924 in Chicago, Betty was raised on the Southside, attending the University of Chicago Lab School and University of Chicago. She graduated from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota in 1946.

She met her husband, Charles, while working for Northwest Airlines and the two were married for over 60 years.

The marriage produced four children, Nancy Scott (Gavin Scott), who passed away in 2019, William Dove (Rebecca Baldwin), Sally Gross (David Gross), and Charles Dove; five grandchildren, Jesse Drury, Emily Barton, Martha Cuffie, Alexandra Feezell, and Carly Dove; and four great-grandchildren, Jamie, Penny, Charlotte, and Avery – with one more on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, in 2011.

A lifelong lover of dogs and horses, she will be missed by all.

In the last decades of her life, she divided her time between the family house on Clear Lake in central Michigan and her condominium in Vero Beach.


Mary Louise Lipscomb, 90, Vero Beach

Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Lipscomb (nee Webster), 90, of Vero Beach, passed away on March 15, 2020. She was born Feb. 16, 1930, in New York City, N.Y.

Mary Lou was the daughter of Frances Kenly Webster and Mary Louise Rathbone Webster, of Englewood, N.J., and Vero Beach. She attended the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, and the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., where she played field hockey.

Mary Lou had a sharp wit, strong character, and unending faith. She dedicated years to the loving care and support of two daughters born with terminal illness, fighting their battles with illimitable hope and courage at every step.

She spent endless hours researching medical treatments for cystic fibrosis and as a result, fully embraced holistic and alternative medicine.

Mary Lou was an animal lover, with a deep fondness for cats, and supported the Humane Society throughout her years. She also loved nature, especially the ocean, seashells, birds and their feathers, and all things blue.

She is survived by her eldest daughter, Anne Lipscomb; and close friend, Michael Mosner; her brother, Robert Kenly Webster (wife, Sally); her close friend, Nancy MacDonald Cubbage, who cared for her with so much love towards the end; and many other beloved family members.

She was preceded in death by her daughters, Mary Catherine and Deborah Rathbone Lipscomb; her husband, Charles Stuart Lipscomb; and her “Sugar Sister” Juliet (Patty) Dykstra.

Any donations in Mary Lou’s name are welcome to be made to H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue at

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