Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. in Columbia. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2007, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Bus. 70 W. in Columbia.
She was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Columbia, to Pleasant R. and Donna Risk Smith of Mexico, who both preceded her in death. On June 19, 1971, she married Ralph Daniel "Dan" Rippel of Marshall, who preceded her in death in 1985.
She was a 1966 graduate of Mexico High School and, later, the University of Missouri, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She taught physical education and health at Marshall High School; she and her husband owned Rippel's Sporting Goods on the Square in Mexico; and she was a Realtor in Scottsdale, Ariz., and more recently, with House of Brokers Real Estate in Columbia. She was also a charter member of the Metro Rotary Club in Columbia, in which she was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow; a supporter of the Show-Me State Games; and an active parent in the Columbia Public School System.
Survivors include her daughter, Molly Rippel of Columbia; son, Ryan Rippel of Seattle; brothers, Pleasant Smith of Paris and Randy Smith and Scott Smith, both of the Lake of the Ozarks.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Van Matre and Harrison Trust Account c/o Tom Harrison, 1103 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65205, in order to establish a fund in her honor at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to assist women who are battling cancer without financial assistance. Contributions can also be made in her honor to Personal Energy Transportation (PET), 1914 Heriford Road, Columbia, MO 65202, a non-profit organization that provides mobility to those in need in the developing world.
For the Saturday services, parking is available in the Hitt and Cherry Street garages. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.