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Mary Ripley


February 6, 2019

Aug. 13, 1924 – Feb. 2, 2019

Mary Virginia Ripley, 94, of Sweet Home died peacefully in her sleep Feb. 2, 2019.

She was born Aug. 13, 1924 in Kansas City, Mo. to John and Marylean (Bitzer) Ryan. 

She attended St. Aloysius Catholic School. After graduating she met Del, who became her husband, in 1942 at a dance at the Playmor in Kansas City. He told everyone she was the prettiest girl in Kansas City and the best dancer. Because it was World War II, Mr. Ripley was stationed all over the United States attending aviation mechanic classes and working on planes, and she followed him. They wer...

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