Joan C. Hipple, age 76 of Howell, passed away at her home Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was born July 9, 1936 in Detroit, the daughter of Arthur and Katherine (Gellish) Kempster. Beloved wife of the late William H. Hipple (8/3/1986); dear mother of Kurt Hipple of Howell, Karen (Dave) Charboneau of Pinckney and Kimberlee (Jason) Arnold of Howell. Grandmother of Kurstin, William, Bailey, Brendan, Bryce and Brayden; great-grandmother of Ashlyn, Cole and Maci. Also survived by brother, Fred Kempster and sister, Margot Kelly. Joan enjoyed being at home, working in her yard and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with funeral services Friday 11 a.m. at MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions may be made to Karmanos Cancer Research.