Obituary: Ruth Ripley Wemple

Darien resident, 92, volunteer

Ruth Ripley Wemple of Darien died Thursday, June 7. She was 92.

Born in New York City on July 16, 1919, she was the daughter of William Lee and Aldana Quimby White. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Leland Wemple and her sister Aldana White Smith.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and an honorary member of the Altar Guild, the Stamford Norwalk Junior League, Wee Burn Country Club and the Royal Poinciana Club in Naples, Fla.

Ruth Ripley Wemple

She loved her family and friends.  She enjoyed taking pictures, playing tennis, traveling, dancing, writing poems, and playing duplicate bridge.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Ripley Biggers of  Dallas, Texas; her son, Richard Carter Wemple of Norwalk; grandchildren, Michael Cooley and wife Monica of Dallas, James Cooley and wife Janet of Tucson, Ariz., Douglas Hill and wife Stacey of Torrington; great-grandchildren, Ripley Cooley, Taylor Van Donk, Joe Van Donk, Brandon Hill, Brian Petersen, and many more relatives and friends.

“We will be forever indebted to Bozena (Bonnie) Szajkowska, Sonny Gail Wright and Lina Romano for years of kindness and loving care and to the many dedicated caregivers who gave her comfort and peace during her last years,” the family said.

There will be a graveside service at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien on Saturday, July 14, at 1, followed by a memorial service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, at 2.

Memorial donations may be made to Vitas Hospice, 99 Hawley Lane, Unit 1204, Stratford, CT 06614.

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