Helen's Story

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Helen N. Cripe Rice, 96, Goshen, passed away Thursday, May 18, at Courtyard Healthcare.
She was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Fort Wayne, to Frank and Catherine (Zuber) Armstrong.
On July 19, 1941, she married Edwin Cripe in Fort Wayne. He died Sept. 28, 1969.
She later married Howard E. Rice in 1972. He also preceded her in death.
Survivors include five daughters, Cheryl (Tom) Perry, Merritt Island, Florida, Debbie Wiese, Middlebury, Lorie (Bill) Johnson, Glenview, Illinois, Tammy (Bob) Glass, Townsend, Tennessee, and Teresa (Pete) Harrison, Rocklin, California; four sons, Greg (Mary) Cripe, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, Dr. David (Erika) Cripe, White Pigeon, Michigan, Dan (Barb) Cripe, Elkhart, and Gary (Jill) Cripe, Cement City, Michigan; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
Also surviving are her sisters, Catherine Justice, Fort Wayne, and Judy (Pete) Olevnik, Rochester, New York; and brothers, Jack (Mary) Armstrong, Windsor, Colorado, and Tom (Rosie) Armstrong, Fort Wayne.
Along with her parents and both husbands, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Wanda White, Dorothy Walker, Ruth Boroff, Shirley Pattison and Pat McMasters; a brother, Ervin Armstrong; and a son-in-law, Max Wiese.
Helen was a homemaker and member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was known as "the dancing lady," liked to travel, bake, play cards, collect dolls and play bingo. She loved being with her family.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
A 10 a.m. funeral Mass will take place Monday, May 22, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 114 W. Monroe St., Goshen. The Rev. Father Anthony Steinacker will officiate.
Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan or United Cancer Services of Elkhart County.
To share online condolences, visit www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 19, 2017
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