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Marian Louise Flippin


Marian Louise Flippin, known to most as Louise, left her earthly dwelling on December 11, 2015, in her home in McAllen, Tx.

She was born in The Dalles, OR, February 11, 1947, to her proud parents, James Benjamin “Ben” and Winifred Benedict Flippin. She spent her childhood years in Roosevelt, Wa, and was known by many as the “girl who could play the piano and organ.” She was called upon during her high school and college years to play for church, high school choirs, weddings and funerals as well as to entertain the local Methodist Women’s Club, with some of her piano music.

Louise attended Linfield College in McMinnville, OR, for two years and went on to graduate from the University of Washington in Seattle. She received two Bachelor degrees from there in Political Science and Latin American Studies. In 1970, she left the Pacific Northwest for Austin, Tx. and received several other degrees from the University of Tx.

She always had an ear for languages and she took years of Spanish classes in high school and college. This skill, eventually lead her to working for several organizations in Tx, who were involved with helping the less fortunate in Mexico. She was known for organizing the volunteer work groups, and selecting and supervising many projects that helped the poor to live a better life. When the political unrest created less favorable conditions for groups to volunteer and travel into Mexico, she continued to do her charitable work on her own. Many churches in the area continued making donations, which she faithfully transported over the border to those in need.

Over the years she continued her role as the eldest child and offered advice to her sister, Jessie Anne and brother, James A. “Jim” Flippin. Birthday and Christmas gifts to her two nephews, Nolan and Gordon Erdman, always had a hint of travels to Mexico. She will be remembered by them as the “family character.”

She loved to travel and had the opportunity, while employed at the University of Texas-Austin to travel to India, twice. The highlight of her travels took place in the summer of this year when she traveled with friends to England and Wales.

Her friends and family will miss her, but they can rest knowing that she lived her life her way and touched the lives of many who needed her helping hand. It will be difficult to replace such a devoted and caring servant to those in need.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in McAllen, Tx. Memorial contributions can be made to: CUPS, P. O. Box 6933, Kingwood, Tx 77325.


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