Rose Marie Steelman Rippon


Mrs. Rose Marie Steelman Rippon, 94, wife of the late Thomas W. “Biddy” Rippon and a resident of Eastville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Nassawadox. A native of Chincoteague, she was the daughter of the late John David Steelman and the late Mary Jeanette Carter Steelman. She was a member of Cheriton Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, John Lee Rippon and his wife, Susan, of Exmore, and Thomas Wilson Rippon Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Nassawadox; three grandchildren, Thomas Benson Rippon, Thomas Wilson Rippon III and his wife, Laurel, and Emily Rippon Weisskopf and her husband, John; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Steelman Mapp and Frances S. Clark.

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, a private graveside service will be conducted at Cape Charles Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Peterson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cheriton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 227, Cheriton, VA 23316.

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Arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.