Mrs. Barbara Louise Rippeto, age 95, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 22, 2021 at her home.
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Barbara was born on June 9, 1925 in Jefferson City, Mo. the daughter of Charles Gilbreth and Cora Fannie Mable (Bugbee) Handley. She was married on March 13, 1942 in Columbia, Mo. to Morris Clifford “Rip” Rippeto, who preceded her in death on March 18, 1993.
A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, Barbara was a graduate of Jefferson City High School and continued her education at Jefferson City Business College.
Barbara worked for the State of Missouri until her retirement in 1995. She also worked for her husband’s company, M.C. Rippeto Company, where she was a Partner and Bookkeeper.
Barbara was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Jefferson Chapter 496, where she was Worthy Matron and served as Grand Martha in the Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Jefferson City China Painting Club and a founding member of Bobo’s Blazing Brushes. She contributed locally, nationally, and internationally through the World Organization of China Painters, and served as President of the Missouri Association of China Painters. A woman of great faith, Barbara was also a member of Concord Baptist Church, where she fulfilled many roles, one of which she was most proud, was decorating for holidays and the church holiday windows.
Barbara was an extremely talented artist and painted beautiful china pieces and sets. She often painted and gifted different china to family, which is a keepsake they will hold onto and cherish forever. Known to the many who loved her as “BoBo”, she rarely missed any of her children’s, grandchildren’s, great grandchildren’s, or great-great grandchildren’s sporting and special events. Barbara had a very charismatic personality and she will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include: two daughters, Darla Northway of Jefferson City, Mo. and Karla Johansen (husband, Dale) of Rocky Mount, Mo.; four grandchildren, Rod Northway (wife, Leann) of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Mitch Northway (wife, Angela) of Jefferson City, Mo., Meghan Marsch (husband, Travis) of Jefferson City, Mo., and Brandon Brown (wife, Abby) of Holts Summit, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Northway (wife, Janelle), Hannah Northway, Ian Northway, Colton Marsch, and Hadley Marsch; and three great-great grandchildren, Elizabeth “Elle” Northway, Macoy Northway, and Katherine “Kit” Northway.
Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 50 years, M.C. “Rip” Rippeto; her parents, Bert and Cora Handley; two infant siblings, Dwayne Handley and Carol Handley; and one infant great-great grandson, Theodore “Theo” Northway.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at Concord Baptist Church.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted at Concord Baptist Church on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:00 am with the Reverend Dr. Monte Shinkle officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. The general public is welcome to attend the services while following social distancing guidelines.
A webcast of the service will begin on Friday at 11:00 am for friends and family that are not able to attend by going to her memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website and clicking the “photos and videos” tab.
Sympathy cards may be sent to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Caitlyn Campbell Beauplan, Hope Community Project c/o Concord Baptist Church or Kindred Care/Kindred Hospice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.