Donice M. Rippetoe

November 6, 1927March 8, 2013

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 is 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; Debbie Oliphant of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren, Mallory Oliphant of Burlingame, CA and Emily Oliphant of Oklahoma City; 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 1:00 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.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Donice M. Rippetoe

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Terry Foster

April 8, 2013

So sorry to hear of Donice's death..she was the sweetest lady & a priviledge to have known her. My thoughts & prayers to her family.

March 13, 2013

Dear Dee, Debbie, David and Donnie,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I thought your mom was wonderful. I'm glad I got to visit with her some months ago. She was a delight.

My love and sincere sympathy to you all,
Lynn Morris

Dan & Marva Morris

March 12, 2013

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Polly McCormick

March 11, 2013

Dee and Debbie:
Your mother was an absolute sweetheart and it was my pleasure to get to spend some time with her in the recent past. I loved her gentle ways and her welcoming smile. She raised two wonderful daughters and it's easy to see where your kindness and compassion comes from. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Love you both.

March 11, 2013

Dear David, Donnie, Dee and Debbie:
Sorry to have learned about your Mother's passing. We loved both your parents........great mentors. Ah, yes memories.....Our lives have been blessed
Love....Pete/Debbie (Reames )Williams

Marilyn York

March 11, 2013

My deepest prayers to all of you for the lost of such a wonderful sweet loving big hearted beautiful lady! She was a very dear friend as all of you are, but she was a mentor to me as a coaches wife on how to be there and be there with our sons for the support our husbands needed with their profession. What a great teacher I had that sat a wonderful example for me. Plus he coached my older brothers also and your family were close friends. Love you all - God Bless!

Rebecca Newgent

March 11, 2013

David, You and your family are in my prayers.

Barbara Bingham

March 11, 2013

Stella and Lynn, I am so sorry to hear of Donice's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

sally holmes

March 11, 2013

Dear David, Sorry to hear about the death of your mother.You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Angela & Kevin Blaylock

March 11, 2013

Thoughts & many prayers with you through this time. Love to you.