Hickory Funeral Home


Dr. Doris Elaine Sipe

August 20, 1942May 29, 2015
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Dr. Doris Elaine Sipe, 72, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015 after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Sipe was born August 20, 1942 in Catawba Co. NC., to Beulah Herman Sipe and the late Elmer E. Sipe. Dr. Sipe was a charter member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Hickory, where she served as Sunday School Superintendent and played in the hand bell choir. Elaine graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1960. She then received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia College in River Forest, IL. In 1964 she joined President Kennedy’s newly formed United States Peace Corps as a teacher of English in Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. She taught school at Concordia Lutheran School in Conover while studying for her Master of Arts degree in Geography from Appalachian State. Elaine then went on to teach all the geography and social studies courses from 1970-1987 at Sacred Heart College in Belmont as Assistant Professor of Education. During this time she pursued the requirements for her Doctorate Degree in Higher Education and Administration at Penn State. She completed her Doctoral Program in 1988 from N C State University. Elaine served as Dean of Adult Education at Sacred Heart until the school closed in 1987 when she then moved to Belmont Abbey College as the Director of the Adult Degree Program. In 1990 Elaine returned to her alma mater, Concordia University in River Forest, IL, where she served as Dean of University College. After 14 years in Illinois she returned to Belmont Abbey where she taught for three more years until retiring in 2007. She continued to teach part time at Belmont Abbey, Gardner-Webb University, and Mitchell Community College. During her Retirement she joined Kappa Kappa Iota, a professional organization for educators, where she served and Psi Chapter President for two years. Elaine also served as Chairman of the Board of Catherine’s House in Belmont. Dr. Sipe is survived by her mother Beulah Herman Sipe of Hickory, one sister Martha Houston and Husband Tommy of Bethlehem; nephews Scott Houston and wife Kim of Florida, Marty Houston and wife Stephanie of Claremont, and Andy Houston and wife Lorie of Hickory. The family will receive friends Tuesday June 2nd from 9:45 A.M.- 10:45 A.M. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church. A Funeral service will be held on Tuesday June 2nd at 11:00 A.M. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church with the Rev. Justin Kane officiating. Interment will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Kappa Kappa Iota. Memorials may be made to Catherine’s House; 400 Mercy Dr. Belmont, NC 28012, also to Our Saviour Lutheran Church; 2160 35th Ave Dr. NE Hickory, NC 28601. Condolences may be made online at Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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Dr. Doris Elaine Sipe

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Barbara Sallettes

August 8, 2015

I served with Elaine in the Peace Corps in Malaysia. Please accept my condolences on her death. She will be remembered.

July 14, 2015

Elaine was a very special cousin, Kappa Kappa Iota sister, and wonderful to be with. I will miss her in many ways, but will remember her and our many visits; when she came home from college, the Peace Corps, Chicago and her many travels. I am so glad that she was my cousin. Love you Elaine Sipe.

Beverly Gage

June 17, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Sr. Therese Randolph, RSM

June 11, 2015

I knew Elaine as a gracious, fun-filled woman. She brought a sense of peace and a loving presence whenever she came to visit. Her connection to the Sisters of Mercy was deep and strong and will remain with us always.

Norman Young

June 6, 2015

As Academic Vice President, I was successful in convincing Elaine to join the faculty at Concordia University in 1990 and was privileged to work closely with her for 10 years. She was the architect of our adult education program and a very special colleague and person. Her love for her Lord guided her in all she did.

Shirley Morgenthaler

June 5, 2015

My sympathy to Elaine's family. We were faculty colleagues at Concordia University where we worked together planning and implementing conferences and professional development opportunities. She is now with her Savior.

Karen Borchardt Zachek

June 4, 2015

Elaine and I were on the same floor our first year at CTC River Forest. We Northerners were intrigued by Elaine's
accent and stories of her family in NC
especially her sister, Martha Jane. We lost touch after college but a few years ago came in contact via email. It is most impressive to think of all the people she must have touched with her gentle, loving ways as she served in so many capacities. The Lord was honored by her service and He is now honoring her in His Home. We will meet again.
Sympathy to Martha Jane and family.

June 2, 2015

So sorry to hear about Elaine, you have my condolences and the knowledge that she is with Our Lord. Elaine was a good friend and confidant to me as I started in the Adult Education dept at Concordia, River Forest. She was always willing to help and assist in any was she could. Rev Dr John Richy (Melrose Pk, IL)

Marilyn Kayman

June 2, 2015

Elaine's energy and love for teaching always inspired me. What a magnificent person!

Dr. Mary Todd

June 2, 2015

Elaine was a faculty colleague at Concordia, a great friend and a faithful companion on the journey. Sympathy and peace to her family and friends.