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Martha Lou Dipprey of Wichita Falls


Martha Lou Ridinger Dipprey, 88, of Wichita Falls, passed away on July 23, 2012 in Wichita Falls.

Martha Lou Ridinger Dipprey

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the  Lunn’s Colonial Chapel with Chaplain Bill Corbin officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Cemetery under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dipprey was born May 12, 1924 in Clay County to John and Katarina (Mitzel) Ridinger, who immigrated from Russia in the early 1900’s. They first settled in Nebraska before moving to Clay County. They lived in the Hurnville Community, then moved to Dean, where they raised 14 children. Martha was the 11th child.
She attended school in Dean and graduated from Petrolia High School in 1942. After high school, she graduated from Drauhon’s Business College. She married Calvin P. Dipprey on May 24, 1946. She worked as his bookkeeper for Dipprey Plumbing from 1954 until her retirement in 1989. They were married for 58 years until his death in 2004. She took great pride and joy in gardening, cooking, and sharing the food. She was an avid stitcher and seamstress. Her favorite stitching projects were needlepoint Christmas stockings and an apple family tree.

She is preceded in death by her husband Calvin P. Dipprey in 2004; a daughter, Pamela Katherine Dipprey in 1966; seven brothers, Oscar Ridinger, Bill Ridinger, Ferdie Ridinger, Al Ridinger, Herbert Ridinger and twin brothers Victor and Ewald Ridinger; and five sisters, Emma Hardin, Ida Fuhrman, Claudia Bachman, Trudy Ridinger and Ruth Fuhrman.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Dipprey and wife Karen of Lawton, Okla., and John Dipprey and wife Debbie of Wichita Falls; a daughter, Lanelle Corbin and husband Bill of Jacksonville; a sister, Esther Henry of Lawton, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.


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