PEORIA - Viola Cripe, age 96, formerly of Peoria, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Born in Chicago, Ill., she married Ellsworth "Ellie" Cripe in 1941. They lived in several locations while Ellie served in the U.S. Coast Guard, then moved to Peoria, Ill., where they raised their family.
Vi was an active member of West Bluff Christian Church in West Peoria and numerous service organizations throughout her long life. She and Ellie retired to Fairfield Bay, Ark., where she was an active member of Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church and a volunteer at the Fairfield Bay Library. She eventually moved to Indian Rock Village in Fairfield Bay. In 2012, she relocated to Oklahoma City to spend time close to her family. Vi was an inspiration to her family and friends, remaining independent well into her 90s.
Viola was preceded by her parents; her sister, Helen; and her husband, Ellie.
She is survived by her daughter, the Rev. Dr. Sandra (the Rev. Dr. Ron) Stroh; son, Randy (Robbie) Cripe; grandchildren, Jeff Holmes, Kimberly (Gregg) Reeves, Dr. Emily (Chris Grivas) Cripe and Brian Cripe; and great-grandchildren, Sophie and Parker Reeves.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Per her wishes, she has been cremated and will be laid to rest in Fairfield Bay, Ark., with her beloved Ellie.
Arrangements are being handled by Corbett Funeral Home in Oklahoma City.
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