Jan Lunn joins the Christmas Tour of Homes


Jan Lunn bought her home in 2019 after moving to Pampa from Topeka, Kan.

Jan’s husband, Phil, passed away in December 2018. After her grown daughter and grandson moved on into busy careers, Jan decided to come to Pampa, where her sister, Sara Wheeley, lives.

“I came to Pampa on New Year’s and spent some time with Sara, Joe and her family,” Lunn said. “My daughter is busy and my grandson is beginning his career. So after 43 years in Topeka, Kan. I stayed with them in January, came back for Easter and started talking about moving here.”

Eventually, the home at 2533 Aspen, became available.

“I knew the minute I walked in, it was going to be the house for me,” Lunn said.

This beautiful home was built by I. B. Tinney for Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Bell in 1970. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hipkins purchased the home in 1979 and performed extensive renovation at that time including removing walls to create a more open flow. Later the Hipkins’ added the sunroom, patio, and landscaping. Following Mr. Hipkins death in 2005, Mrs. Hipkins enlarged the master bedroom and bath. When Mrs. Hipkins passed away in 2015, her daughter Janice Porter and husband Lee, maintained the property.

While the home was in wonderful condition, Jan has remodeled a bathroom, bar, added windows, doors, new landscaping and hardscapes. With the help of Angela Porter (Ms. Hipkins’ granddaughter) and the B & G Floral and Gifts team, Jan’s ideas and Angela’s creativity have combined to create a magical and exquisite Christmas wonderland to share with the Pampa community.

“It’s just been a lovely time doing the decorating,” Lunn said. “It was fun picking and choosing what we were going to do....I am so hopeful that people do come because it is such a beautiful home. It is a gem in the community. Janice and Lee Porter did such a beautiful job remodeling and maintaining it.”

Lunn’s home features five trees, one in the guest room, the living room, each guest room and what is called the “Muffy” room, named after her late mother.

“Every room deserves a tree,” Lunn said. “My mother passed away when she was 95. My mother had collected Vogue posters. In talking with Sara, I wanted to do a tree that was in memory and honor of our mother, Helen.”

The “Muffy” room has a Vogue-themed tree decorated with vintage jewelry and evening bags.

Lunn’s home is decorated throughout with a soft silver, gold, pink and aqua shade.

“It is a very feminine color [scheme],” Lunn said. “It’s kind of my signature and pink was my mom’s favorite color. I kind of wanted the trees to fit the room and that’s where I went with the colors.”

Lunn said she had been working on the decorations for the house for three weeks.

For Lunn and her family, Christmas has always been a special time of year.

“My husband loved Christmas,” Lunn said. “He would have all of the lights on, sit in his recliner and just look. So did Shelby (her daughter) and Jace (her grandson).

“It’s sweet remembrances. My grandson asked his bride to marry him on Christmas Eve 2018. Those are sweet and treasured memories. I cherish Christmas memories.”

Jan and her extended Wheeley family, accompanied by the families of Angela Porter, B&G Floral, and Janice Porter invite you to tour the “Hipkins home” as we share Christmas blessings to all.

The 25th Century Cotillion Study Club’s Christmas Home Tour is set for Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to benefit The Opportunity Plan, Inc., a non-profit organization providing financial assistance in post-secondary educational programs.

**Some information in this article provided by the 21st Century Cotillion Club**


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