She was born Dec. 13, 1948, in Honsolgen, Germany, to the late Margit Julie Lebeth and Hans Josef Fischer.
Mrs. Flippin, along with her mother and brother, immigrated March 17, 1957, to the United States, and their family settled in Fort Seybert. She led an unintentionally adventurous childhood both in Germany and in West Virginia, amassing a vast collection of incredibly fascinating stories of her childhood.
She was a top graduate of the Franklin High School class of 1967 and was active in band, choir, and 4-H where she earned her All Star pin. She earned a bachelor of arts from West Virginia University in Morgantown.
She invested her career in public service, improving communities throughout Pendleton, Hardy, and Grant counties for more than 25 years as a social worker with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and teacher in the various county school systems. As the owner and operator of Sweedlin Greenhouse, she and her mother raised countless seedlings, including beautiful flowers and unique varieties of local heirloom tomatoes that she named after the South Fork families who shared the seeds.
Mrs. Flippin was the definition of a kind and empathetic soul. She was renowned for her selfless spirit and boundless generosity, both of which she shared with reckless abandon with nearly anyone who was lucky enough to cross her path. No one in the community was forgotten as she found joy in sharing her time, homemade bread, cookies, garden vegetables, flower bouquets, and handmade Christmas wreaths. She always had room to add one more seat at the dinner table and welcomed anyone to sit down and share a delicious homemade meal. No one left her house hungry or empty handed.
She practiced a life of diligence, and her talents were many — a beekeeper, target shooting with a custom made 45 cal. long rifle, champion homebrewer, teacher, chef, piano player, gardener, photographer, nature enthusiast, singer, mother, grandmother “Omi”, and friend. Her gardens were a masterpiece, and she enjoyed canning and preserving the food that she produced. She and her husband, Jim, were a remarkable team in every aspect, enabling them to accomplish far more than any one person could on their own. They undertook all projects and adventures together including building their own homes and managing the gardens and forests on their property.
On Aug. 22, 1970, she married Jim Flippin, and they went on to create an abundant life with their two daughters, who she loved unconditionally and supported tirelessly.
Her husband of 53 years, Jim Flippin of Fort Seybert, survives.
Also surviving are daughters Cecelia (Jeff) Teagarden of Fort Seybert and Jennifer Flippin (Jacob Metheny) of Fort Seybert and Moorefield, WV; half sister Barbara Linke (Klaus) of Germany; half brother Andreas Fischer of Germany; nieces, Laura Gilkeson (Jason) of Bridgewater, Virginia, Emily Hernando (Jose) of Greensboro, North Carolina, Julie Levy (Benjamin) of Florida, and Melanie Nevermann (Christoph) of Germany; her highly adored granddaughter, Bethany; honorary grandson, Edison; and numerous cherished friends who she considered as family.
She was also preceded in passing by her brother, Hans Joachim “Butch” Fischer; mother, Margit Julie Lebeth Dahmer; and grandmother, Friederike Schuldes Lebeth.
In honoring her wishes, she was cremated. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.
In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests that one celebrates her memory by pausing for a moment to share a person’s time and gifts with someone around one, send flowers to a friend, or share a meal with someone.