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Evelyn L. Tripp

Mrs. Evelyn Latham Tripp, 94, a resident of 403 Willows Court, Washington, died Sunday April 29, 2012, at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Oakdale Cemetery and conducted by the Rev. Danny Allen. The family will receive friends following the service at the fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Tripp was born in Beaufort County on March 18, 1918, to the late Jesse L. and Sarah “Bess” Mills Latham. On Aug. 1, 1962, she married Richard W. Tripp and became the beloved mother of five children for 50 years. She was formerly employed in civil service with the federal government in Washington, D.C. during World War II. Following the war she moved to Greenville and established the Merle Norman Studio that she owned and operated until her marriage. Mrs. Tripp was a long-standing member of the First United Methodist Church and the Lucille Carter Circle.

Survivors include one son, Richard W. Tripp Jr. and wife Marshall of El Paso, Texas; four daughters, Sylvia Tripp of Greenville, Linda Poore and husband Larry of Bath, Patricia “Trish” Winrow and husband Gary of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Laura Smithwick and husband Oswald,“Ozzie,” of Washington; nephew William L. “Buzz” Cayton of Washington; nieces Jessica Collins Moore of Wakefield, Va., and Sara Collins Kushner of San Rafael, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, Hallene Latham Cayton and Zelma Latham Collins, and the mother of her children, Leggette Trueblood Tripp.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Tripp family.