Joanne Flippin


Joanne (Braun) Flippin, age 89, of Clearwater, passed away on Jan. 16, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Joanne was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on March 8, 1931, the youngest of five girls born to Otto and Clara Braun. As a girl she would read, play with paper dolls, and roller skate to the movie theater for cartoons and features. She graduated from North Division High School in 1948.
On April 19, 1952, she married Navy sailor and future engineer James (Jim) Flippin, with whom she raised five children. She was profoundly devoted to her family and to God. Full of spirit and spunk, she loved to travel, scrapbook, sew, work crossword puzzles, go dancing, and read mystery books. She evolved her career from a part-time associate at Sears to a full-time data input clerk for the Sedgwick County Area Educational Services Interlocal Cooperative, which she retired from in 1996.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters; her daughter, Barbara; and her grandchild, Spenser. She is survived by her husband, Jim, and her children, Mark (and his wife JoAnn), David, John, and Jennifer (and her husband Scott). Her grandchildren include Dawn, Samantha, Sabrina (and her husband Jack), Brian (and his wife Jennifer), Forrest (and her husband Adam), Zoe, and Max. She also has seven great grandchildren: Gavin, Vincent, Logan, Bronwyn, Emerson, Xavier, and Violet.
Rosary was at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, and funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Clonmel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to one of Joanne’s most loved charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing Center, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, was in charge of arrangements.