Janice H. Ripley

Services for Janice H. Ripley, 87, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Plymouth Congregational Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Ripley died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Bridge Haven Village in Lawrence.

She was born March 22, 1931, in Yankton, South Dakota, the daughter of Clifford Fred and Thelma Jane Acton Howe. She grew up in Dunlap, Iowa and attended Cornell College. She went on to graduate from the University of Kansas, where she became a lifelong Jayhawk fan.

Mrs. Ripley worked for the University of Kansas as a secretary. She enjoyed music, dancing, and especially spending time with family and friends. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church.

She married Joseph M. Wettengel, they later divorced. She married Prescott Ripley, and both of them preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Joseph H. Wettengel of Lawrence; daughters, Barbara Babcock and husband David of Lawrence, Catherine Ramirez and husband David of Wichita, Mary Neal and husband Tom of Lawrence; grandchildren, Cody Babcock of Lawrence, Jami Viner and husband Trent of Cheney, KS, Kelie Eck of Wichita, Kristen Ramirez of Wichita, Matthew Shipley of Hibbing, MN; great grandchildren, Aiden, Kensley, Cameron, and Brylie; brother, David Howe and wife Linda of Greenbank, WA; sister, Joan Bilderback of Woodstock, IL; many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center or the donor’s choice of charity, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Lorraine Collins...

Like Carolyn, I was one of Jan’s roommates at Cornell more than 65 years ago. It was great to get in touch with her again decades later and we enjoyed spending time together when we could. She was always a joy in the lives of others.

From Sara Byrnes...

I have such fond memories of summer visits to Lawrence and all the fun and love we shared… I am thinking of you all and sending love and prayers.

From Deb (Downs) Fahrendorff & Kevin...

R.I.P Miss Jan, so glad I had 12 years of you in my life !!!! You are going to be so missed!!! Sending Love to you & Prayers for you Family !!!!

From Cindy and Terry Downs...

So sorry to hear of the loss of Jan. We enjoyed getting to know her and visit with her when she and dad (Glenn Downs) came to visit us in Wichita. Prayers to all. She will be missed.

From Carolyn Kelly Camoriano...

Jan was my Cornell college roommate and a dear friend for sixty years. Miss you, Jan!

From Sherry Wealthall...

May your memories comfort you at this time. So very sorry for your loss.

From Mark Shipley...

Remembering many good times, birthdays,”ours were close”, 4th at Mary’s, Christmas brunch at moms, a beautiful woman!! Thoughts & Prayers.

From Jane Byrnes Lewis...

May the beautiful memories of Jan, and the love that lingers, bring you comfort and peace. So happy I got to see her at Joan’s 80th birthday celebration. Sending you our thoughts and prayers.

From Ginny Ovenstone...

We shared so much over the years, a daughter, a grandson, many trips to soccer games, birthday parties, and holidays. Life will not be as much fun without Jan to share it with me and Scotty. Sad.

From Terry and Cindy Downs...

Jan was swarm and loving person who will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Prayers for her family

From Annette Keen...

Sending much love and prayers for strength during this time.

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