November 2, 1962 - January 5, 2018
Kathleen Ada Ruth Lipsett was born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies on November 2, 1962. She was the last of four children from the union of Clarence McClare Lipsett and Finette Kathleen Bridge Lipsett. Kathleen went home to be with her beloved Lord on Friday, January 5, 2018.
Kathleen completed her preliminary education at Mona Heights Primary School in Jamaica. In 1974, she migrated to the United States with her family, and later became a U.S. citizen. She attended Hialeah Senior High School in Florida and upon graduation, completed her Associates degree in Secretarial Studies at Miami Dade Community College. Following her graduation, she worked as an administrative assistant at various companies and organizations, including Sandler & Travis Law Firm, Youth for Christ and The Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center.
Growing up in a very strong Christian home, "Sweetie" (as Kathleen was affectionately nicknamed) accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age. She attended Marverly Gospel Chapel (in Jamaica) with her family as well as Mona Heights Chapel with her sisters, Claudia and Judith. Upon migration to the U.S. Kathleen and her family attended Miami Gospel Chapel, where she was actively involved with the music ministry. She was part of The Lipsett Sisters trio, which included her sisters Claudia and Judy. The Lipsett Sisters sang at local sister churches and weddings. In 1985, the trio also entered the Master's Staff Christian talent search in Fort Lauderdale, FL and won second place in the group competition. At the invitation of her sister, Judy, Kathleen started attending University Baptist Church (UBC) in Coral Gables, FL. It was there that she met and later married her husband, Jonathan Scott, in 1988. She served for over 12 years at UBC in various ministries including Children's, Youth, College, Singles, and the Choir.
Kathleen and Jonathan had two children, Nathan and Christine, in Miami before they responded to the call of God in 1999 to serve at Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC, where she served in the Singles Ministry, Children's ministry, and attended numerous women's bible studies. In 2007, she followed Jonathan to Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, NC where she partnered with her husband in leading a Lifegroup for about six years. In each church they served in, Kathleen was a devoted, invested, faithful member while also being a devoted mother, wife, and stabilizing foundation for her family.
Kathleen's gifts included hospitality, administration, encouragement, and homemaking skills. Her passions included throwing parties, cooking/baking, traveling, movies, all kinds of music, art, and fashion. The greatest passion of her life was first her relationship with her Lord Jesus and then her family, without reservation. A natural extrovert, Kathleen loved and welcomed people, making a perfect complement to Jonathan's ministry, but in her own right. For as long as she could, she lived with vibrancy, vitality, and vigor of life. She suffered with multiple sclerosis for 29 of the 30 years of her married life before crossing the finish line here on Earth and the beginning line of her new life into eternity, fully healed and restored to transcendent glory. She passed away with her husband on vigil at her side.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon, and both parents Clarence and Finette (Kathleen) Lipsett. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan and children, Nathan and Christine, her two sisters, Claudia King and her husband Don and their children, Steven and Melissa, and Judith Jenks and her husband David as well as various extended relatives.
Her life will be celebrated in two services. The first will be Saturday January 13, 2018, 11am at Forest Hill Church, South Park Campus, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte, NC. The second will be Saturday January 20, 2018 at Christ Journey Church (formerly University Baptist Church), at the Coral Gables Campus, 624 Anastasia Ave. Coral Gables FL, 33134.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Forest Hill Church, memo: "China Outreach" to help establish churches in China, or separately to "Compassion International", through whom Jonathan and Kathleen have supported children for most of their married life together.