Bernadette Lea Ripley, 69
Bernadette Lea Ripley (Erickson), “Bonnie” and “Nonnie,” 69, resident of Jacksonville, Florida, native of West Bend, by way of Tucson, Arizona, entered peacefully into our Lord and Savior’s open arms Friday, Oct. 6 2017, holding her only great-grandson with family gathered.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, “Baby girl;” one brother, Donald Erickson; her mother, Bernice Erickson; and her father, Clarence Erickson. She is survived by her devoted husband of 49 years, Robert Ripley; children, Robin Webb (James) of Augusta, Georgia, Brandy James (Dave) of Martinez, Georgia, Robert Ripley II (Dawn) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Brad Ripley, Jacksonville; grandchildren, James Webb III, Javan Webb, Cynthia Combs, James Perry, Brooke Ripley, Garth Ripley, Hope Ripley and Rylea Ripley; one great-grandson, Emory Ripley; godson, Travis Erickson (Jun); brothers, Wayne Erickson (Sandy), Leroy Erickson and Warren Erickson; sister, Dorothy Schmidt (Richard); and a host of nieces, nephews and family members.
Bonnie was a member of Deerwood Baptist Church in Jacksonville. She was also a loyal member of the Moose Lodge Chapter 305. Bonnie was affectionately known for her love of Elvis, her favorite color purple, sharing recipes, going to the NASCAR races, Hershey candy bars, decorating for the holidays and spending as much time with her family every chance she could. As a special tribute, her godson and niece brought “Graceland to Bonnie” prior to her transition where she truly enjoyed her last moments. She will be forever be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Hardage-Giddens, Chapel Hills Funeral Home.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hardage-giddenschapelhills.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225 — 904-641-9755.