Beloved mother Earline Silverthorn Pippin of Huntsville, Ala., passed away at a local nursing center on Nov. 21, 2012. Earline lived in New Mexico for 65 years. She came to Huntsville in 2005 to be near her son William C. Pippin. She was born in Paragould, Ark. on June 18, 1918 to Earl and Essie Silverthorn. She survived the great Mississippi River flood of 1927. As a child she moved to Colorado and on Sept. 11, 1937 married Charles E. Pippin in Rollinsville, who predeceased her in 1980. As a telephone company man, they lived in many different cities in New Mexico, but retired in Belen, near Albuquerque. Her husband said that the best word to describe her was "flower." She was a lifetime member of the New Mexico Garden Club. Earline won numerous awards in flower arranging, which she taught. She transformed every backyard of each home she lived in into an oasis of beauty. She was president of several local women's clubs. Earline's other passions in life were playing bridge, fishing and dogs. She played and won at duplicate bridge well into her 80s. After her husband's death she traveled with pickup, travel trailer and dog to sightsee, fish and visit relatives. With a reputation as a great cook, she is remembered for her "goodie boxes" filled with chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bread for her grandchildren. She was a very creative woman who could sew, grow and can fruit and make crafts. She had many of her craft products sell at gift stores in Albuquerque. Earline was also a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers. The delight of her life was her son and his family. Survivors include Willam and wife Cynthia. Grandchildren are Jonathan W. Pippin (Beth) of Huntsville; Charles E. Pippin ( Fe) of Atlanta, and Marlaina Shrives (Adam) of Macae, Brazil. Great-grandchildren are Ethan, Evan, and Everett Pippin of Huntsville; Ryan Pippin of Atlanta; and Ava and Luke Shrives of Macae. A graveside service will be held on Monday Dec. 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm at Valley View Memorial Gardens with burial to follow. The family wishes to thank Janet Hurley of American Senior Assistance Program. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 1, 2012