Posted Online: March 23, 2013, 7:33 pm

Theodora 'Dora' Ripley

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Theodora Ripley
Theodora Marguerite "Dora" Smith Ripley, 86, formerly of Rock Island, Taylor Ridge and Andalusia, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 3:20 a.m., while residing at Brookdale of Willow Creek Clair Bridge, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Monday, March 25, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with funeral services following at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, with military honors conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299. Memorials can be made to Dora's favorite charity, The Salvation Army. She loved The Salvation Army since they helped her family when she was a child.
Dora was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Battle Creek, Mich., the daughter of Samuel and Marguerite Williams Smith. She spent her youth in the Quad-Cities. Dora was a WAVE during World War II during war time. After the war she married Edward Harvey Ripley on May 29, 1948, in Davenport. Edward preceded Dora in death in October 1998.
Dora received her bachelor's degree in French from Augustana College and her master's degree in French from the University of Iowa.
Dora taught French at Alleman High School in Rock Island, and many of her former students will remember her as Madame Ripley. After her retirement from Alleman she enjoyed living in the country with her husband and taking an active role in community work and activities.
Survivors include her son, Dr. Edward Michael Ripley (wife, Kathleen I. Ripley), Bloomington, Ind.; grandsons, Eric Michael Ripley (Lauren Calandruccio), Chapel Hill, N.C., and Jonathan Vincent Ripley (Stacy Ripley-Young), Brooklyn, N.Y.; great-grandson, Kieran Ripley and great-granddaughter, Kai Ripley (both children of Eric and Lauren); nieces, Kim Oldeen, Kewanee, Tracy Piotrowski, Kewanee, and Candice Mansfield, West Palm Beach, Fla. Also surviving is a beloved niece-in-law, Diane Ralfs (Jerry Ralfs).
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her brothers, Clifford and Wayne Smith; her sister, Pearl Smith; her half-brother, Milton Milo "Mike" Webb; her half-sister, Emma Adler-Burnett; a niece, Debbie Adler-Atkinson; and nephews, Eddie and Mark Burnett.
Condolences may be left at RaffertyFunerals.com.