April 7, 1911 ~ November 24, 2015

Born in: Chamberlain, SD,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Elaine (Engel) Eddy Ripley, 104, born April 7, 1911, to Mary and Henry Engel in Chamberlain, S.D., passed Nov. 24, 2015. Her education included a BA magna cum laude from Yankton College, graduate studies at University of Colorado and an MA from Western State College. She was an educator for 40 years on the Western Slope, retiring from Mesa State College in 1974 after 21 years. She is remembered as a pianist and church organist, playing wherever she lived, from Chamberlain, S.D. to Beulah, Colo. Preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Henry; husbands, O.M. Eddy and Calvin Ripley; brother, Lee; daughter, Janis Intagliata; and son-in-law, Raymond LeMasters. Survived by children, Gary (Joan) Ripley, Kay (Chris) Spinuzzi and Richard (Dawn) Ripley; and son-in-law, Ed Intagliata; nephews, Mike (Beth) Eddy and Richard Engle; grandchildren, Cari (Steve) Rioux, Raymond LeMasters, III, Rowdy LeMasters, Lisa (Dyson) Williamson, Tara (Thayer) Davis, Tory LeMasters, Sunny Mosal, Trae Lewis, Amanda (Ernie) Ripley and Brenda (Shaun) Ripley; and 12 great-grandchildren. A special thanks to the staff at the Chateau at Sharmar for their loving care. Memorial service with reception to follow, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Beulah United Methodist Church, 5903 Pennsylvania Ave, Beulah. Memorials may be made in her honor direct to Beulah United Methodist Church. 'She did what she could and what she did will be told in memory of her.' Mark 14:8-9.

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  1. Dear Kay, I offer you my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom. You certainly were very blessed to have had her for such a long time; nevertheless, it is still hard to say good-bye to someone you love so much. I will keep you, Chris and all of your family in thought and prayer. God be with all of you.
    Carol Llewellyn

  2. So sorry to hear about Elaine we loved visiting her at Sharmar. She always has a smile and until the last few times always remember the dogs names. We will miss her. Our prayers are with you. Janet and Maggie from the GoTeam Therapy Dogs

  3. Dear Kay, Kids, and Gary, We were so sorry to see of your Mothers death. Dannie and I think of you often. You still have friends in G.J. With love
    from Jerry and Dannie McClurg

  4. My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. Losing someone you love is truly difficult and I know Elaine will be missed. Please know our heavenly Father holds out promises that can help us with our sorrow. One such promise is that death soon will be done away with forever (Revelation 21:4) and another promise is that “there is going to be a resurrection.” (Acts 24:15) I pray these promises from God, who cannot lie, (Titus 1:2) bring you comfort.

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