June 10, 1921 - January 31, 2014
Hope Marie Ripple, the mother of two, grandmother of two, great grandmother of three and slot machine extraordinaire, died peacefully in her sleep Friday after a short illness. She was 92. Born June 10,1921 in the western Pennsylvania coal-mining town of Winder, Hope graduated from high school there and then moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1940 to follow and marry her hometown sweetheart, Stanley J. Ripple. She worked during war time for the Telephone Company while her newlywed husband served in the South Pacific. Following the war, they set up housekeeping in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley while Stan pursued a career with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Hope was a full-time mom and homemaker, Cub Scout den mother and the go-to-person for all things domestic in the rearing of their two children. Following Stan’s retirement in 1972 after 25 years in the fire service, the couple moved to Grants Pass, Ore., area where they built a home on acreage in the Applegate River Valley. They briefly lived in Sumner, Wash., before returning to a home on the Rogue River in Grants Pass.They traveled extensively in retirement, often returning to their roots and relatives in Pennsylvania. In 1996, they once again picked up and moved, this time to Gardnerville where they quickly became regulars at the Carson Valley Inn, meeting and enjoying a wide circle of friends and acquaintances with fellow players and employees. After Stan passed away in 2003 , Hope, through the help of friends (she never owned a driver’s license) remained a regular at the CVl until just recently when health issues precluded her answering the siren call of the slots. She is survived her son, William S., of Puyallup, Wash., her daughter, Susan C. Strong of Coleville, Calif., two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. At her request, no service was held. Remembrances may be made to a favorite charity.