Blanch Margaret Brown died on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at El Dorado Manor. She was 99.
Blanch was born on April 26, 1908, at Hallam, to Henry and Carrie (Schnieder) Rippen. She attended County School Dist. 141 near Kramer. Her family moved to Culbertson in 1926.
On Nov. 16, 1927, she married Hamer Brown. To this union two children were born. Blanch was a homemaker as well as a salesclerk for DeGroff's Department Store for 30 years.
Blanch was a 65 year member of Trinity United Methodist Church, she was also a member of the United Methodist Women, and the Culbertson American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries No. 133. She sponsored many Girl Scout Trips traveling to 47 states. She was an avid Culbertson Bear fan attending many of their sports events. In her free time she enjoyed crochet, baking and her rose garden.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Henry and Carrie Rippen; son-in-law, Paul "Butch" Ross; four brothers, Alfred, Willard, Harlan and infant, Irvin Rippen; one sister, Merylin Fassler; sisters-in-law, Caroline Rippen and Genevive Rippen; and brother-in-law, Donald "Don" Fassler.
Survivors include her son, Dolyn Brown, Sr. and wife, Barbara of Culbertson; one daughter, Joylyn Ross of Culbertson; two brothers, Gordon Rippen and wife, Frary and Leland Rippen, all of Culbertson; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Jackie Rippen and Maxine Poore; and a host of other family and friends.
She will be remembered for her many acts of kindness and pleasing others.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m,. and Friday 9 a.m. -- 8 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook. Friends may go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.
Funeral service will be Saturday, 11 a.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Richard Melano officiating. Burial will be in the Culbertson Cemetery.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.