Ruth Eleanor Flippen of Riverhead died Aug. 17 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. She was 77.
She was born June 6, 1933, to Cornelius and Bernice (Marshall) Thomas in Southampton, where she was raised and attended school.
In 1951, she married Curtis Flippen. She was a self-employed home-health aide for over 15 years in Riverhead.
According to her family, she was a good cook who loved gardening.
Predeceased by her husband, Ms. Flippen is survived by her children, Debra Turner and Greg, both of Riverhead, and Mark, of Las Vegas, Nevada; her sister, Bernice Proctor of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at North Shore Christian Church in Riverhead. Private cremation was entrusted to Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead.