'Everybody is somebody': SA funeral home volunteers to give 53 migrants dignified burials
KENS 5 - 6/30/22
When all the deceased are identified, a local funeral home is offering their services to help bury each migrant in their home country.
San Antonio funeral home helping with victims found in tractor-trailer on Southwest Side
KSAT - 6/28/22
A San Antonio business is stepping in to help ensure the victims' families will be able to bury their loved ones. Mission Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries says it will use its resources to help the Bexar County medical examiner. It is working with county and local officials to help with caskets and paperwork for the 51 victims.
NEWS4SA - 5/21/20
After learning about the situation, the owner of Mission Park Funeral Chapels, Dick Tips, has offered to re-locate their pets and headstones free of charge, to a pet cemetery he maintains at Mission Park South.
“We would like for them to have a new home and we'll relocate the three or four that you have already visited with and have them come out here and as long as there's a granite memorial then we're not going to charge them a thing,” said Dick Tips, Mission Park Funeral Chapels, Cemeteries & Crematories. Read more.
Drive-In Funerals Give Families Closure During COVID-19
Spectrum News - 5/14/20
For families seeking to make funeral arrangements, finding closure with a funeral might not be possible for a while. But a San Antonio funeral home found a way to stay safe and provide for grieving families. “Not comparable to the drive-in we would go to when we were little," said Curtis Hampsten, longtime friend and employer of Ray Ybarbo. Throughout this pandemic, up to three times a day, cars drive up to the Mission Park Funeral Home to look up at a huge LED screen and tune into the radio. “It was almost just like being in the chapel with them," said Brian Ybarbo, Ray Ybarbo's nephew. Read more.
San Antonio funeral home raises 50-foot cross to pay tribute to COVID-19 victims on Easter
KSAT12 – 4/10/20
A San Antonio funeral home erected a huge cross Friday in honor of people who have died of the coronavirus across the country. Mission Park raised a 50-foot cross weighing 3 tons on the grounds of Mission Park South in the 1700 block of Southeast Military Drive.
According to a news release, the reason behind the large cross was to make it possible for visitors to Mission Park to pay their respects this Easter without the need to leave their vehicles. Read more.
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Hollywood star to lead San Antonio's first-ever Día de
Los Muertos river parade
Culture Map San Antonio – 10/31/19
Longoria will lead the festivities along with Dick Tips and Kristin Tips, the official Catrine and Catrina of the parade. For the inaugural float, Dick Tips and Kristin Tips, CEO and president of Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, respectively, will don the elegant skeleton costumes in commemoration of Dia de los Muertos. Read More.
Eva Longoria to Serve as Grand Marshal for Inaugural San Antonio Catrinas on the River Parade
San Antonio Current - 10/30/19
Alongside Longoria, Dick Tips, Chairman and CEO of Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, and his wife, Kristin Tips, the President and Funeral Director of Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, will serve as the official Catrine and Catrina of the parade, reigning over the festivities in traditional Day of the Dead skeleton makeup. Read more.
Women of San Antonio Award: Nahed Azzam
FOXSanAntonio - 10/25/20
With our Women of San Antonio Award, we want to feature women who make a positive impact on lives in San Antonio. This month's 'Women of San Antonio Award' goes to Nahed Azzam! Read more.
It’s All About Life | Kristin Tips: Serving Others with Compassion and Grace
San Antonio Woman – Fall 2019
As soon as you meet Kristin Tips you immediately learn she’s the mother of twins, she’s married to the love of her life, and she’s a funeral director.
While that might seem like an unexpected career, it’s a profession that she’s passionate about. You can’t help but feel the pride in her voice when she describes the long family tradition of women taking leading roles in this family-owned funeral business.
“Believe it or not, Mission Park is really a love story. Our history in San Antonio goes back to 1890 when my husbands’ great grandfather, Will Harry Chambers bought his wife Clara Mahone Chambers a unique wedding gift… acres of undeveloped land on the banks of the San Antonio River.” Read more.
San Antonio announces new Dia de los Muertos celebration
San Antonio Express-News - 9/12/19
Joined by Mexican telenovela stars, skull-mask-painted dancers and a 10-foot-tall “Selena” covered with 2 million beads, city officials and tourism boosters Thursday announced an elaborate campaign to make San Antonio the cool place for America to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. Read more.