We shall call her...Bertie
When we named our travel trailer, we wanted it to be meaningful. We decided to name her after Bertell Eva Flippin. Meagan's grandmother, who we all lovingly called Bertie. She was also known by Granny, Mawmaw, and GiGi (Great Grandma).
Bertie went to be with the Lord in May of 2015. We hope our adventures honor her memory of leaving everyone we meet with a smile on their face.
Bertie's Obituary From the Montgomery Herald:
RUPERT — Bertell “Bertie” Eva Dorsey Greer Flippin, 90, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Born at Big Mountain on April 4, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Rosie Fitzpatrick and Labon Dorsey. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a grandchild Tammy.
Bertie attended a one room school house on Big Mountain until 7th grade. At the age of 13 she went to live with Dr. McElwin and family at Hines so she could attend school further. She cooked, cleaned and tended to children as payment for her room and to attend school. She graduated from Rupert High School in 1944.
She met the love of her life, James Greer and they were married on September 20, 1943. James was in WWII and was injured, after a long rehabilitation, he was released from the hospital and they moved to Rupert to make their home.
They had three daughters, Sandra, Carolyn and Angela. Bertie continued her life as a homemaker, a mother to three daughters and their activities.
Bertie had a love for caretaking, she not only cared for her husband and daughters but she was instrumental in helping raise her niece Donna (mother had died during childbirth) and opened her heart and home to Nila, a newborn infant, during the first six weeks of life while her mother was bed ridden due to having surgery.
At the age of 41, Bertie became a young widow, James had passed away unexpectedly. Bertie had to provide for her family, she went to work at Rupert School as an aide and later went to work at Bendix as a Quality Control Inspector. On November 3, 1973, she married Paul Flippin.
Bertie enjoyed gardening, quilting and spending time with her loved ones. She was a parade grand marshal where she was crowned as the Greenbrier West Virginia Belle. She was a member of the CEO’s, took part in her civic duty and served on the Rupert town council and a volunteer at the voting polls on Election Day.
Bertie’s love for people and the Lord was always in the forefront, her home was always the place to gather as she always made her guests feel at home. She selflessly gave herself to everyone, had a beautiful smile and a welcoming hug for whoever crossed her path.
Those left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Sandi (Satch) Hugart, Carolyn (Vic) Feury and Angie Fugate; six grandchildren, Valerie, James, Richard, Brenton, Charles, Meagan; seven great grandchildren, Jesse, Shiann, Gavin, Hannah, Deaglan, Norah and Liam. She is also survived by one brother, Jr. Dorsey; one sister, Renee Fleshman and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.