Tamara Jo (Helms) Chipman

Born: Mon., Jul. 6, 1942
Died: Fri., Dec. 6, 2013


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Location: Walker Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
Location: Walker Funeral Home

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Tamara Jo Chipman, 71, of Shelbyville, Indiana passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Albany Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Albany, Indiana.  She was born on July 6, 1942, in Winchester, Indiana to Thomas and Neva Jean (Bunton) Helms.

Tamara graduated from Winchester High School, attended Hanover College and received her undergraduate and Master’s Degrees from Butler University.  She was a resident of Shelbyville, Indiana until 1997 where she taught English at Shelbyville Middle School for 24 years.  She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and Job’s Daughters.  She enjoyed snow skiing, reading, and writing.

Tamara is survived by her daughter, Robbin (Dan) Emerson of Eagle, Idaho; a son, Yancy (Lea Anne) Chipman of Shelbyville; a sister, Heather (Doug) Fields of Evansville, Indiana; four grandchildren, Christina Emerson, Paul Semons, Sarah Emerson, and Delaney Emerson; two step grandchildren, Aryn Ross and Braden Ross; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Helms, of Winchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thomas “Craig” Helms.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013, at Walker Funeral Home in Winchester.  Burial will follow at the Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester.

Friends and family may call on Friday from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st St., STE 100, Indianapolis, IN, 46209-4830, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Linda Jennings Rogers
   Posted Wed December 11, 2013
Heather, so sorry to read of the loss of your sister. Just wanted to send my sympathies to you and your family.

Robin Thurston Browning
   Posted Wed December 11, 2013
I would like to send my prayers out to Ms. Chipman's family. She was my favorite Middle school teacher. Always had a smile to share, a hand to help and a soft spoken voice to hear. Glad I was able to know her as she was a wonderful person and teacher.

Lola (Pitman) Snyder
   Posted Wed December 11, 2013
Robbin and Yancy,

I am a friend of your Aunt Chibi and Robbin always called me "Ola". I was so sorry to read about your mother's passing.

We hear from Chibi and Don every December at Christmas time.

Remember you have others that are thinking about you at this time and that also remember you when you were young.


Cecilia Ortiz
   Posted Thu December 12, 2013
Dear Robbin and Yancy:

Your mom was a good friend to our mother, Anne Juarez of Shelbyville. She always invited us to your house for dinner whenever we were in Indiana. She was a kind and gracious lady, may she rest in peace.

Jill (Hinty) Keener
   Posted Thu December 12, 2013
Heather, My deepest condolences at the loss of your sister. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Richard Zeller
   Posted Fri December 13, 2013