Carrol Ripley passed away on July 16, 2012, at the age of 92. She brought great wisdom and grace to her family; and will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered.
Carrol was an exceptional mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, as well as hostess, and homemaker. She was a joyous and social person and through this she touched many lives. Carrol was very artistic, and enjoyed gardening, oil painting, and pottery. Carrol had a great ability to bring humor to the situations of life. In the later years of her life Carrol kept her mind sharp by socializing with friends, family and neighbors, and by writing her memoir.
Carrol prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her Savior, and knew His love.
She was born Carrol Hazel Fairchild in 1919 in Milesville, S.D., to her father Fred L. Fairchild, and mother Ellenor Stobbs. She was raised in South Dakota on her family’s homestead. In 1938, they moved to Fresno, Calif., where Carrol met and married Walter Wayne Ripley in 1940.
Walt and Carrol lived in Fresno for many years after Walt’s service in the Army during World War II. Later, she was a leader in the 4-H, Boy Scouts, PTA and the Garden Clubs of Fresno and Bakersfield. In 1982, they permanently relocated to Bakersfield, where they lived for many years.
Carrol is preceded in passing by her beloved husband Walt, and survived by her children and their spouses, Sharon and Milo Ladwig, Glenn and Penny Ripley, Dale and Cheryl Ripley, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Greenlawn in Bakersfield. Graveside services were held Saturday, July 21.