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Violet Marie Tiberghien, 1931 – 2014

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Violet Marie Tiberghien, 1931 – 2014

Violet Marie Tiberghien
1931 – 2014

Violet Marie Tiberghien passed from her earthly home at 8:35 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at the home of her daughter, at the age of 82 years, 9 months, and 25 days.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents Fred H. and Rosa Mae Allen; sister Ruth Imogene Martin; and brother Isaac Fredrick Allen. She was also preceded in death by two husbands, Charles R. (Buddy) Hamilton (1960) and L.Y. (Tip) Tiberghien (2007).

Violet is lovingly remembered by her daughter Sheila Hamilton Townsend and son-in-law Daryl of Tehachapi, and daughter Karen Tiberghien Jackson of Bakersfield; grandsons, Jeremy Townsend (Nicole) of Tehachapi, Brian Townsend (Kaelyn) of Fresno, Scott Rote of Bakersfield and Timothy Jackson of Bakersfield. Great-grandchildren, Kyle Townsend, Rex Townsend, Erin Townsend, Jett Townsend and Leila Rote. Violet is also survived by her oldest brother Edward Allen of Webb City, Missouri; sister-in-law Cheryl Allen of Tehachapi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Violet was born in Paden, Okla. on Aug. 18, 1931. At the age of 12 years she moved to Tehachapi with her parents and youngest brother Ikey. She attended local schools and graduated with the Tehachapi High School Class of 1949.

In 1950 Violet married her sweetheart, Buddy Hamilton, a local, born and raised in Tehachapi. They had 10 wonderful years together and of this union they had one daughter Sheila Marie Hamilton. Buddy left this earth much too soon but Violet knew she had to continue on with life. In 1964 she married Tip Tiberghien and they had one daughter Karen Lynn Tiberghien. They had been married 43 years at the time of his passing.

Violet worked at various local establishments in Tehachapi over the course of 50 some years and may be remembered as a telephone operator in Tehachapi (during the 1952 earthquake), a waitress at Trusty's Cafe (Now Kelcy's), or as a friendly face at Yeager's Department Store where she worked for many years. Violet loved the town of Tehachapi and the many family and friends she had here.

She enjoyed going out to eat so she could visit with her friends, or just going to the grocery store or Kmart in hopes she would run into someone she knew.

Violet deeply loved her family and Tip and Vi (as she was usually called) enjoyed going to all the games or activities that any of the kids, or grandkids were involved in. They drove kids to practice and to games and interacted with all of the kids on the teams. The grandkids friends most often called them Grandma & Pop. In later years after the grandsons were grown and Papa had passed away, GeGe (as she was named by Kyle the eldest great-grandson), still enjoyed reading books to her great grandchildren and attending all of their events. She so loved to just sit and hold the newest addition, great-granddaughter Leila (7 months old), and look at her smile. She was enjoying these children right up until her final day.

Violet was one of a kind, both mother and friend. She set such an amazing example for all of us to live by. It was always family first and she truly knew the meaning of unconditional love. Being a mother and grandmother just seemed to come naturally to her. We all were so blessed to have been born into her family.

We all can look back fondly and remember this wonderful woman for her strength, integrity, love for people and life and know that she in the loving arms of Jesus and reunited with all of those that she loved so much.

The funeral service was held on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Woods Family Funeral Service Chapel and the final resting place is Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Eastside. Funeral arrangements were handled by Wood Family Funeral Service Inc. For condolences please visit

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