Loretta L. Ripley, 92

RAYMOND — Loretta Liberty Ripley, 92, of Raymond died of heart failure on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn.

She was born in North Yarmouth on Aug. 3, 1920, the daughter of Philemon Joseph Liberty and Louisa Therrien Liberty. Loretta was the last remaining of her large family of eight sisters and five brothers.

All who knew Loretta understood what a kind-hearted person she was. A devoted mother, she loved her family deeply and always took great pride in her homemaking. She was especially noted for her fabulous apple pies and homemade biscuits. Loretta had a special gift with flowering plants which graced her home year round. Along with her dear husband Howard, she particularly enjoyed road trips throughout Maine and New England, Pennsylvania Amish Country and the Eastern Provinces of Canada. Her employed years included work in the kitchen and laundry departments at Pineland Hospital and at Hansen Farms in Gray. In her early years, she also worked at rug factories in Cumberland and Yarmouth.

Surviving are her husband of 22 years, Howard Alton Ripley of Raymond; her sons, Allen Tripp of Gray and Sidney Tripp of Raymond; her daughter, Linda MacDonald of Gray; nine grandchildren; many cherished great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

At Loretta’s request, there is to be no funeral service. A private burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Pownal.

Memorial contributions in Loretta’s name may be made to: The Androscoggin Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210.

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