Mae Jeanette (Miller) Ripley, 98 of Choteau passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 20, 2021 at Benefis Teton Medical Center in Choteau.
Mae was born January 22, 1923 in Freeman, South Dakota. She was the oldest child of John B and Mary (Goertz) Miller. She grew up on the family farm with her two sisters and her brother. She moved to Washington DC during WWII and worked as a telephone operator. There she met her future husband, George W Ripley and they were married on November 1948 in Lavern, Minnesota. They were married for 61 years until his death in 2010.
Soon after their marriage, they moved to Texas where their children were born; Pamela and William (Brad). George was in construction and the family moved around fairly often, but Mae always made every place into a loving home. In 1965 the family moved to their forever home in Choteau, Montana. Mae worked at the Teton County Nursing Home, the old hospital and Teton Medical Center. She was a CNA for many years and loved the work she did. Mae taught Sunday school and nursery school for many years. She was a wonderful mother and a kind caring person. She will be missed.
Mae is survived by her children Pamela Andersen of Choteau, Montana and Brad (Karen) Ripley of Kettle Falls, Washington; stepson Larry (Debbie) Ripley of Ennis, Texas; sister Hazel Quast of Sierra Vista, Arizona; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mae was preceded in death by her husband George, sister Ruby and a brother Jerry.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and a Celebration of Mae's life will take place Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Baptist Church in Choteau.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Mae's name can be made to Saint Jude’s Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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