By Josh Rees
Katherine Tipton has worked for Bell and Howell for more than 20 years. She said everyone here is like her second family.
Katherine Tipton is a sprightly and industrious woman.
“I try to do my job as if this is my own business,” said Tipton, who has served as a material handler in Bell and Howell’s logistics department for 21 years. “All I can do is give my all, every day.”
Tipton said she still gets excited when someone comes to her to ship an item.
“I coordinate all the different elements of a shipment to ensure that every item gets to its destination quickly, safely and un-damaged,” she said. “It’s a very challenging, but rewarding job.”
Personally, 2017 has been a new beginning of sorts for Tipton.
Her husband, Duane, passed away unexpectedly after 53 years of marriage.
“I’ve learned a lot since his passing,” she said. “This life is not about material things. You come into this world with nothing and you can’t take anything with you, except your [soul]. Nobody can take that away from you.”
Tipton and her late husband were in the process of remodeling their home and since his passing, their five children have come together to help finish remodeling her house.
“I’ve always had a close-knit family,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but everyone enjoys helping and being together.”
Tipton is also an avid seamstress and gardener.
“I used to work as a supervisor in a sewing factory,” she said. “During our lunch break, we could use the sewing machines and patterns for personal use. I sewed clothes for my five kids while they were in school.”
Now, she sews clothes for her 11 grandchildren for Christmas and birthday gifts.