Feb. 12, 1922 - Nov. 24, 2012
CULBERTSON, Nebraska -- Frary Lou (Likens) Rippen, of Culbertson, passed away Nov. 24, 2012 at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 90 years old.
Frary was born on Feb. 12, 1922, at Atlanta, Nebraska, to Charles and Harriet (Skewes) Likens. She graduated from Atlanta, in 1939, and then went on to graduate from Kearney Teachers College. She taught two years at District 25 north of Holdredge, two years at Stamford, and taught fourth grade at Culbertson from 1944-1950.
On Aug. 22, 1949, she married Gordon Rippen at Kearney, Nebraska. To this union one son was born, Phyl Gordon.
Frary especially loved to be with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a kind, caring, gentle and loving woman who had a heart of gold.
She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women where she held several offices in the past 50 years. Her hobbies included; raising beautiful flowers, gardening, crafts and baking. Her favorite time spent was attending the annual neighborhood Fourth of July celebrations, going to rodeos with neighbors and family, and traveling with friends and family on numerous vacations.
Preceding her death were her parents, Charles and Harriet Likens, husband, Gordon Rippen on Jan. 3, 2010, and her brother, Dean and his wife, Berneta Likens.
Frary was survived by her son, Phyl and wife, Trish Rippen of Culbertson; three granddaughters, Joni Rippen of Kearney, Tara and husband, John Kucera of Central City, Nebraska, Tonia and husband, Brent Hazlitt of McCook, Nebraska; nine great-grandchildren, Tyler Lemke, Jaxson, Jazmin, and Jillian Recroft, Shaylin Kucera, Shelbi, Cinamon, Aspen, and Tekoa Hazlitt. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Leland Rippen, of Culbertson, sister-in-law, Jackie Rippen of Culbertson, Maxine Poore of Salina, Kansas, and a host of other family members and friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home in McCook,.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Culbertson with Pastor John Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in the Culbertson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Frary's name.
Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.carpenterbreland.com to sign an online register book or view Frary's video tribute.