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Shirley Rippey

February 12, 1938 — August 3, 2023

Shirley Rippey


SHIRLEY RIPPEY, 85 of Arcola, IL passed away at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at her residence.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, August 7, 2023, at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola, IL. A funeral celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at the funeral Home. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery.  


Shirley was born on February 12, 1938, in Mattoon, IL. She was a daughter of Russell and Velma (Mitchell) Hooker. She married Paul Anthony Rippey on January 27, 1957, in Mattoon, IL.


She is survived by her husband, Paul, three children, Jodi Livingston of Arcola, IL, Lisa Stewart and her husband Tom of Mattoon, IL and Scott Rippey of Arcola, IL; eight grandchildren, Toby Livingston and his wife Martha of Tuscola, IL, Josh Livingston and Dustin Livingston both of Arcola, IL, Jeremy Mast and his wife Jenny of Sullivan, IL, Brett Stewart of Mattoon, IL, April Daubs of Mattoon, IL, Jacob Rippey of Charleston, IL and Taylor Rippey of Arcola, IL; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Ron Hooker and his wife Barb of Friendsville, TN, and two sisters-in-law, Alice Rippey of Carver City, MN and Susie Patridge of Decatur, IL.


Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Velma Hooker, a son-in-law Jerry Livingston, a great-grandson, TJ Livingston, a brother, Jerry Hooker and his wife Mary, a sister, Barbara Farris and an infant brother James William Hooker, her mother and father-in-law Albert and Louella Rippey and a brother-in-law, Tom Patridge.


Shirley loved the Lord with all her heart, mind, and soul, and genuinely enjoyed serving him alongside her husband. Shirley was first and foremost a MOM, she loved caring for her family. She had a green thumb and enjoyed caring for flowers and houseplants. She had a passion for jewelry and always liked to look nice.


Shirley was committed to her husband and enjoyed many of the same things he did. Riding motorcycles for example, they logged over 100,000 miles together touring the country on Paul’s motorcycle. Serving the Lord is another, Shirley loved the Lord with all her heart, mind, and soul, and genuinely enjoyed serving Him alongside her husband.  She will be missed for sure, but her family is rejoicing in the fact that she has gone home to be with her Heavenly Father.


Memorials may be made to Shirly’s family.


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