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Rippetoe Nov 6, 1927 - March 8, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Donice Marie Rippetoe was born November 6, 1927, in Geary, Oklahoma, to Claude and Maude Smithpeter. She attended Geary High School, where she played in the band and was loved by everyone. Donice attended Southwestern State College, where she met her husband of 51 years, Don E. Rippetoe. After raising four children to school age, she graduated from Phillips University, where she received her teaching degree. Donice and Don were both school teachers in Oklahoma, where they touched many lives and made countless friends. After teaching in Ames, Fairview, Altus, and Blanchard, Donice moved to Oklahoma City with her husband, Don. She spent several years volunteering at Third Age Center at Integris Baptist, where she made many friends. Donice was preceded in death by her husband, Don E. Rippetoe. She is survived by her children, David Rippetoe and wife Sharon, of Oklahoma City, Don E. Rippetoe Jr. and wife Christi, of Cherokee, OK, Dee Richardson, of Oklahoma City, and Debbie Oliphant, of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren, Mallory Oliphant, of Burlingame, CA, Emily Oliphant, of Oklahoma City, and Danielle Miller and husband Everett, of Washington Court House, Ohio, and their children, Wyatt and Josselyn. She is also survived by her sister, Stella Sageser, and niece, Lynn Sageser, of Oklahoma City; and brother, Jesse Smithpeter and wife Toby, of Muskogee, OK. She also leaves her faithful Shih Tzu, Annie. Donice loved reading, watching sports, listening to music, and visiting with her friends and family. The family extends special thanks to Companion Hospice, especially Candy and Lizzie, for their expert care, attention, and love. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper Chapel, 6600 Broadway Extension. Donations may be made to Companion Hospice in Donice's name.

Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 10, 2013
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