She leaves a legacy of love, joy and a childlike faith. Her beautiful smile blessed everyone who knew her, even to the end of her life as she won the hearts of the hospital staff who tended to her.
She was born in Jenkins, Ky., the daughter of Oren and Letha Fleming, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by Charles Lippse, to whom she was married for 52 years; and her three daughters: Angela Jill Watson and her husband, Bo Watson, Vanessa Gwen Guthrie and her husband, Sam Guthrie, and Hilda Sullivan and her husband, Julian Sullivan; five grandchildren: Grey Watson, Wells Guthrie, and Ella Marie, Sam, and Charlsey Sullivan; sister, Angela Jackson; and brother, Craig Fleming.
She met Charles when he was appointed pastor of Pound United Methodist Church in Pound, Va., and she served by his side in churches throughout Virginia and Tennessee until they concluded their itinerant ministry at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport.
For 20 years, she enjoyed teaching high school in Tennessee’s Hamilton and Washington counties. She graduated from Pound High School, Bluefield College, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She lived life to the fullest, was a member of the United Mineworkers’ Union and was named a member of the West Virginia Amateur All-Star Basketball Team in 1956.
A service celebrating her life will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. at First Broad Street in Kingsport.
She was fortunate to make multiple trips to the Holy Land and had a special interest in providing opportunities for clergy to do the same. People wanting to make a contribution to that cause can donate in her name to Holston Conference Foundation at PO Box 900 Alcoa TN 37701 or for the same purpose, the Society of Biblical Studies at 661 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 40, Arlington MA 02476.
Arrangements are by Grissom Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grissomfh.net.