Frances M. Rippel, 87, co-owner of florist shop

September 08, 2005

Frances M. Rippel, former owner of a Carroll County florist shop, died of heart failure Monday at a Hanover, Pa., nursing home. The Eldersburg resident was 87.

She was born Frances Martha Childs in Chambersville, Va., and spent her early years on her family's farm in Old Fields, W.Va. After losing the farm in the Depression, the family moved to West 28th Street in Baltimore.

She attended city public schools and beauty school, and in the late 1930s established a West Baltimore beauty shop.

She was married in 1940 to Wilbur Rippel, whose family had established Rippel's Florist on Edmondson Avenue in 1927. After World War II, she and her husband assumed ownership of the business and moved it to Woodlawn in 1969. Since 2000, the business, now operated by a son, has been located in Eldersburg.

"She was a designer and still active in the business until two years ago," said her son, Kenneth W. Rippel of Hanover, Pa.

Mrs. Rippel enjoyed visiting casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Haight Funeral Home, 6416 Route 32 in Sykesville.

Mrs. Rippel's husband died in 1972. Surviving, in addition to her son, are a sister, Edna Fisher of Youngstown, Ohio; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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