June Lorraine Flippin
January 26th, 1926 – August 13th, 2014
June Lorraine Flippin was born on January 26, 1926 in Passaic, NJ to the late Wilbur H. Flippin, Sr. and Anita Flippin. She departed this life on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing Home in Somerset, NJ.
As a little girl, she joined the Mount Ararat Baptist church in Rutherford, NJ where she was baptized. She served as a faithful member at Mount Ararat for over 60 years. She served in many roles in the church which included the benevolent treasurer, Sunday school teacher, and member of the Women’s Club and bowling league. She was especially popular with the youth in the church during the month of July when she organized the annual picnic to Rye Beach. June was also a very talented musician. She was well known in the surrounding area for her skills as a classical pianist and volunteered to play the organ/piano as well as sing alto in the church choir.
Growing up at “32 Elm Street” was full of adventure. June would often times be called upon by her mother to stick-up for her younger brother “Buster” in neighborhood scrabbles. June along with her cousins Carol Allen and Joyce Miller, were like sisters. When you saw one of them, you saw them all even into adulthood.
June graduated from Rutherford High School in 1943 and was the first in her family to attend college. \She went to Howard University where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and graduated in 1948. She went on to attain her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
She initially worked as a social worker at the Traveler’s Aid desk in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and then she eventually joined the social work staff of the East Orange VA Hospital where she worked for 30 years.
While working full time, June dedicated her life to raising her only child, Elizabeth. Despite the physical challenges she faced with her arthritis, June was strong and determined to be there step-by-step for her daughter. No matter how much pain she experienced, she never complained and faced each day with a smile.