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Mildred Faye Ripple

October 29, 1938 — August 5, 2018

Mildred Faye Ripple            Mildred Faye Hubenak Ripple, born in Pierce, Texas on October 29, 1938 went to see Our Lord August 5, 2018 at the age of 79. She was of 9 children born to the late Vince and Bessie Hubenak. She attended school in Pierce. Later, the family moved to Mackey, Tx, where Mildred then attended Crescent school, where she was a cheerleader. She graduated from Wharton High School in 1956. Mildred was in the school choir and also excelled in typing and shorthand. She entered state competitions for both and won first place in shorthand and second in typing. Mildred was also active in basketball and volleyball winning many trophies for most valuable player of tournaments.   After high school, and because of her love for shorthand and typing, she attended Zorn Business School where she finished a nine-month course in four months. Upon finishing business school, she went to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Houston, where she was one of their major stenographers. It was after 1 ½ years at the FBI that she got engaged to the love of her life, Robert Ripple. She and Robert were married June 17, 1958 in Hillje, Texas. They made their home in El Campo where she worked for the City Attorney. Two years later, they moved to Wharton where she went to work for two attorneys and stayed with them for over 42 years. After retiring from the attorney’s office, she turned to seamstress work designing and making hundreds of wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses including prom dresses and alternations. As everyone knew, she was truly a lady of fashion and always dressed to perfection. She loved sports, fishing, and dancing. She and Robert took a ballroom dance at Fred Astaire Dance School in Houston and loved to dance together where ever they could. Mildred and Robert had two children, Beverly and Robert, Jr. Survivors include Beverly and her husband, David Fojtik of College Station, Tx and Robert, Jr., and his wife Stacey Ripple of Richmond, Tx., grandchildren, Daniel Fojtik, Brittany Fojtik, Allyson Ripple and Melissa Ripple. Sisters, Shirley Davis, Clara Dohlstrom, Nancy Sablatura and brother, Roland Hubenak and wife Carol. Also surviving family are a number of nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Mary Ann and her husband, Bobby Brezina, Hollis (Holly) Hubenak and her brother-in-law, Virgil Michaelsen.  Preceding her in death by husband, Robert Ripple, Sr.; her sisters, Evelyn Hubenak McVey and husband James and their daughter Debra Plato, Isabelle Michaelsen, Bessie Mae Boone and her husband Bill, brother, Jimmy Hubenak, brother-in-laws, Robert Davis, Karl Dahlstrom and Ronnie Sablatura; niece, Hazel Boone Perry and parents, Vince and Bessie Hubenak. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home from 5 until 7 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at 10 o’clock am, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kelly Krone officiating. Burial will take place in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton. Funeral services are under the arrangement of Wharton Funeral Home. Condolences can be left at
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Friday, August 10, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

1717 Pioneer Avenue, Wharton, TX 77488

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