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As COVID-19 Death Toll Climbs, Busy Funeral Homes See ‘Added Grief’ for Mourning Families

As COVID-19 Death Toll Climbs, Busy Funeral Homes See ‘Added Grief’ for Mourning Families

The Rivard Report – 7/23/20

In 1918, as the Spanish Flu pandemic took the lives of 881 people in San Antonio, the founder of a local funeral business wrote a message on the pages of a family Bible. Will Chambers told of “troubling and difficult times where we are saddened to avoid public spaces” and preparing for a “formidable adversary.” In March, his descendants, the owners of Mission Park, took those words to heart and began preparing for a modern-day pandemic that has taken the lives of 298 residents in San Antonio, with no clear end in sight. “It’s all come true,” said Mission Park CEO Dick Tips of his great-grandfather’s writings. Read more.


Fellow officers, family and friends gather to honor fallen deputy De La Fuente in San Antonio

Fellow officers, family and friends gather to honor fallen deputy De La Fuente in San Antonio

San Antonio Express-News - 7/21/20

A somber procession for Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy De La Fuente made its way Tuesday morning from Mission Park Funeral Chapels South to Community Bible Church on the North Side for a ceremony with full honors. 

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‘Last responders’ also feel stress of coronavirus pandemic in San Antonio

‘Last responders’ also feel stress of coronavirus pandemic in San Antonio

San Antonio Express-News – 7/19/20

When Robert “Dick” Tips’ great-grandfather bought land on the South Side of San Antonio that would become Texas’ first perpetual care cemetery, he also bought a family Bible. In it, Will H. Chambers wrote words of wisdom to his wife, for whom he bought the land as a wedding gift in 1907. His jottings include observations on how to get through tough times, including the annus horribilis of 1918, when the Spanish flu killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide and more than 880 in San Antonio


Pet Cemetery Abruptly Closes, Leaving Pet Owners Shocked
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.


World's first drive-in funeral theater opens in San Antonio

World's first drive-in funeral theater opens in San Antonio

Daily Mail – 4/15/20


As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to keep lockdowns and social distancing measures in place across the US, a funeral home in San Antonio has started offering a new service to ensure mourners can still say bid their loved ones a proper farewell.

Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries became the first in the world to announce plans to open a drive-in theater earlier this month - and one of the first of the unique services was held outside their chapel on Tuesday morning. 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.


From funeral services to food delivery, how Dick Tips became San Antonio's new 'Milk Man'

NEWS4SA – 4/1/20

Dick Tips has two jobs; Owner at Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Milk Man. He started the second job as the COVID-19 pandemic began to surge and people began to hoard things like milk, cheese and eggs.

"People were taking a little too much that I don't think they could possibly use and I wanted to get it to people who could really use it, really need it and who deserved it," Tips said.

It didn't take long for Tips to work the phones and find out how to buy more than 3,000 gallons of milk, which were delivered on an 18-wheeler from Tyler, Texas. Read more.


Not Just for Funerals Anymore: San Antonio’s Mission Park Celebrates Life’s Milestones

Memento Mori, ICCFA – March/April 2020 Issue

When the Texas Department of Transportation decided to widen Highway 281 in San Antonio, Dick and Kristin Tips, owners of Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, were informed that the state of Texas would be exercising its right of eminent domain. The state’s taking meant that the Tipses’ funeral chapel alongside the highway would have to come down.

The Tipses acquiesced to the state’s highway expansion plans so as not to get in the way of progress. But instead of abandoning San Antonio’s Northside altogether, Dick and Kristin set out to build a new facility to serve the needs of families in that area. Out of the razing of one came the construction of another—a new “Life Center”—in conjunction with a new philosophy that focuses on the meaning and value of life’s many celebratory moments. Read More.


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2019

2019

Women of SA Award | Marina Gonzales

NEWS4SA – 11/25/19

Our Women of San Antonio award features women who make a positive impact on lives in San Antonio, and this month, we have a new recipient of the award- President and CEO of Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), Marina Gonzales. Here to help present the award are Kristin and Dick Tips from Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries. Read more.


Mission Park Cemetery hosts 5K for Day of the Dead celebrations

KSAT 12 - 11/2/19

More than 100 participants ran through the Mission Park Cemetery in south San Antonio to honor their loved ones who have passed away. The Celebrating Life 5K Run and Walk is part of the city's three-day celebration for Day of the Dead. Watch Video.



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.


2017

2017

San Antonio funeral chain invests $1 million in solar power

San Antonio Business Journal – 6/26/17

San Antonio-based funeral chain Mission Park Chapels & Cemeteries has gone green after installing solar power at seven of its locations — adding around half a megawatt of green energy to the grid. Read more.

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