Patricia Kelly Ripley

March 23, 1952December 5, 2018
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Patricia Kelly (“Trisha”) Ripley of Houston, Texas, passed away on December 4, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born to the late Bentley Chester Kelly II and Mary Frances Patterson Kelly on March 23, 1952.

Trisha attended Bellaire Highschool before graduating Lamar University in December 1985 as a distinguished member of her class, Beta Alpha Psi and the Cap and Gown Honor Society. She began her career as a petroleum accountant at Union Texas Petroleum in January 1986 and progressed to various accounting positions until leaving UTP in September 1999 to coordinate NGL distributions at Enterprise Products until September 2005. Trisha supported NGL opportunities at BP from September 2005 and then moved in to equity crude marketing analysis until retiring in January 2016. Trisha was an active member of her professional community throughout her career, serving as Vice President and member of the Gas Liquids Distribution Association.

A loving mother and homemaker, Trisha was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, most especially over the holidays. She was well known and loved in her community as a frequent volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and The Hope Village Foundation.

Trisha is survived by her husband, Donald Ripley, two daughters, Kelly Elizabeth Ripley and Kathryn Elyse Ripley, all of Houston, Texas, and many other loving relatives and close friends.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for and supported her during her last days. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the Earthman Funeral Home located at 12555 S. Kirkwood Road, Stafford, TX 77477. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Trisha’s honor to The Foundation for Hope Village.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Diana Barron

December 11, 2018

Trisha was a caring & generous friend to everyone she met. She didn’t just live life; she shared the moments of life with thoughtfulness & humor. I have countless memories I will never forget; we shared fun times & laughter as well as intense, sad times. I will miss her & grieve for her.

Don, Kelly, & Kathryn, my thoughts & prayers are with you as you learn to live without your loving wife & mother. I am always right here if you need me.


Linda Hughes

December 10, 2018

I also worked with Trisha at BP for several years. She was so witty and clever, and always made me laugh! I will miss her kindness and laughter most of all. She was a wonderful person, and loved her family dearly. Don, Kelly and Kathryn, please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of a lot of people who care. With deepest sympathy,

Linda Hughes

Anna Rector

December 10, 2018

I worked with Trish for several years at BP. My girls called her their Fairy Godmother, as she passed many clothing items to them. Kelly and Kathryn, your mother loved you more than you will ever know! We know so much about your lives through your Mom, and we all remember her fondly.

Natalie Wilson

December 10, 2018

If only I had known, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Trish. Trish and I worked together for 10 years at BP. Not just work buddies, we were more. She was like a work mom, a friend and someone who was there for me during the hardest time in my life. Trish was a major support system to me when my son, who was 4 at the time became ill with cancer. She would always call or text to check on me while in the hospital. Years went on and we sat next to each other at work, always joking with one another in our own way. We shared deals on shopping, cooking, advice on life. We would run errands at lunch together and eat of course; but I will never forget just her. The pendant she wore around her neck and we even shared the same engagement ring at one point. She was much luckier in love than I. Ha! She would would tell me everything, literally. I am sure the girls would not have liked some of it. We had lots to talk about in 8 hours a day for 10 years. There was never another more devoted mother, never. I knew everything the girls had accomplished. I knew of camps, trips, boyfriends, their friends...i felt like they were my family. I am so just so sorry to hear of losing her. She was honestly, the best. We had an inside joke, a boyfriend of mine accused Trish and I of being in a relationship because we told each other everything, obviously we started calling Trish "Pat" from Saturday Night Live. We laughed all the time about that.....I will truly miss her and cherish all my memories with her.


December 9, 2018

I worked with Trisha at UTP and BP. She was a great coworker and the MOST reliable person ever. Her beautiful spirit will live on through her children, and they will always know how much she loved them. She tried with all her heart to stay for them, but God called her, and she had to go.
At Christmas we used to have a white elephant gift exchange and Trish would always come up with the funniest and most clever gifts, not to mention the wonderful baked goods she would bring to the office. My very deepest sympathies, Jill Legler Hood

Paula Friedman

December 7, 2018

Like a revolving door, people come and go in our lives. But Trisha was here to stay. What a wonderful person she was! She came over to Mama’s house every other Friday to do her hair, always bringing news of Kelly and Kathryn. How proud she was of them and their accomplishments! She was the consummate caregiver - and cook - for everyone. I will miss her presence in my life.

Gina Connell

December 7, 2018

I’m so sorry to hear this news. All our love to Don, Kelly and Kathryn from your Fern Meadow friends.

Love and blessings,
Gina Connell

Kim Pida

December 6, 2018

She was my bathing suite fairy, always bringing me bathing suites. She was very kind and cared a lot for her classmates in the water arobic class. She was very proud of her girls and very much in love with her husband. I am going to miss her a lot. RIP.

David and Kathleen Markell

December 6, 2018

Trisha and Don have been such loyal supporters, servants, and encouragers at Ronald McDonald Holcombe House for so long and we have come to appreciate both of them so much. Our prayers continue for all the family and friends of Trisha as we deal with our loss.

Aya Kameda

December 6, 2018

Dear Kelly

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.

Patricia was much too young to depart this earth but when I see your beautiful face, I see your beautiful mother.

A mother is with us always... first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory.

Love leaves a memory no one can take away.

Thinking of you,