Funeral services for Rae Rippetoe-Blair are scheduled for Wednesday, July 2, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ardmore, with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore. Rae’s family will host a visitation Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Craddock Funeral Home in Ardmore.
Rae was born May 21, 1962, in Altus to Wilford Wayne and Anita (Ensley) Rippetoe. She passed this life on June 27, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Rae earned her bachelor’s in business and masters in business administration from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, Rae was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team and then went on to serve as an assistant coach there for eight years. Rae had also coached women’s basketball at University of Texas-San Antonio for 13 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ardmore, but currently attended Oak Hills Church while living in San Antonio.
She is survived by her parents, Wayne and Anita Rippetoe of Ardmore; her mother-in-law, Sherry Blair of Kingfisher; niece Morgan Rippetoe; nephew Max Rippetoe; aunts Judy Ayers and husband Joe of Thomas; Bonnie Bennett of LaPlace, La.; cousins Jodi and Jennifer, Teena and Randy, Stan and Teresa; special second cousins Kennedy, Karsyn, Kaymon, Khloe and Boston; and numerous other cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Craig; brother Ron; her grandparents, Leo and Lela Ensley, and W.E. and Marie Rippetoe; and aunt Carole and husband R.H.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association in Rae’s name in honor of her late husband, Craig, or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th, Oklahoma City 73104.
Online condolences can be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.